Manuel Garcia-Rojas of Virginia has pleaded guilty to participating in a sophisticated multi-state fake identification ring in U.S. District Court in Richmond. His charges include racketeering and attempted robbery.
According to prosecutors, Garcia-Rojas was a "runner'' for the Richmond cell of a fake ID enterprise based in Mexico that also had operations in Arkansas, Massachusetts, North Carolina, Ohio and Rhode Island. A runner's job was to solicit those who had entered the county illegally as customers for phony documents, including Social Security cards and green cards.
Garcia-Rojas and three co-defendants were accused of trying to assault a rival fake ID maker and steal his equipment. Prosecutors say a police traffic stop thwarted the scheme.
He's scheduled to be sentenced on July 31. Nine co-defendants are scheduled for trial in June.