22 Charged With Providing Undocumented Immigrants with Fraudulent Documents

In addition to the arrests in New Jersey, arrests occurred in New York, California, Nevada, Virginia and Georgia

By Jonathan Dienst and Joe Valiquette
|  Wednesday, Jun 27, 2012  |  Updated 11:06 AM EDT
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22 Busted in Immigrant Document Fraud Ring

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Federal agents busted a major document fraud ring that helped undocumented immigrants get driver's licenses and investor and student visas in New Jersey and five other states Wednesday morning, law-enforcement officials tell NBC 4 New York.

Twenty-two individuals face federal charges of assisting customers, mostly undocumented immigrants from South Korea, with obtaining government-issued identifications using fake or altered documents, officials said.

In addition to the arrests in New Jersey, arrests occurred in New York, California, Nevada, Virginia and Georgia.

Law-enforcement officials tell NBC 4 New York there is no known connection to terrorism.

New Jersey U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman will discuss the investigation and charges at a press conference later Wednesday.

The suspects arrested in New Jersey are expected to appear in federal court in Newark in the afternoon.

This investigation follows "Operation Golden Brokers," in which the FBI and New Jersey state authorities in September 2010 arrested more than 50 people for operating what the FBI called a "crime superstore" in which members of the scheme sold Social Security cards and other forms of identification. 

The fake IDs were then used to build up credit scores, obtain credit cards, and then cheat credit card companies with real purchases that would never be paid for, or to withdraw cash from banks.

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