CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - A North Carolina judge sentenced the leader of a fraudulent identification document conspiracy to 39 months in prison Wednesday.
According to the Department of Justice, 30-year-old Juan Diego Gonzalez-Campos will be subject to deportation proceedings upon the completion of his federal sentence.
Gonzalez-Campos previously pleaded guilty to conspiracy to produce fraudulent identification documents, aggravated identity theft and possession of firearm ammunition by an alien.
According to court documents, Gonzalez-Campos and accomplices engaged in an illegal scheme to produce and transfer fraudulent identification documents, including but not limited to, social security cards, birth certificates and state driver's licenses.
Gonzalez-Campos sold the falsified documents to numerous individuals, including to undocumented aliens, knowing the documents would be used as proof of eligibility to remain and work in the United States.
As the ringleader of the conspiracy, Gonzalez-Campos sold the fraudulent documents to individuals that he either knew or were referred to him by his accomplices.
Court records also show that Gonzalez-Campos and his co-conspirators charged customers between $270 and $1,000 per document, depending on the type of fraudulent identification provided.
According to court records and Wednesday's sentencing hearing, Campos-Gonzalez often produced documents using stolen social security numbers of American citizens, to which the conspirators referred as "good numbers," which often caused problems with the people filing tax returns and their credit.
Gonzalez-Campos is currently in federal custody and will be transferred to the custody of the Federal Bureau of Prisons upon designation of a federal facility. All federal sentences are served without the possibility of parole.