Four men were recently sentenced to prison for their involvement in trafficking the identities of Puerto Rican U.S. citizens.

According to court documents, members of the conspiracy located in Puerto Rico obtained Puerto Rican identities and corresponding identity documents, after which other conspirators in cities throughout the U.S. sold Social Security cards and birth certificates, which they ordered from document suppliers in Puerto Rico, for $700 to $2,500 per set. Some of the documents were used to commit financial fraud.

The four conspirators recently sentenced were operating as identity brokers in Columbus, Ohio; Seymour, Ind.; Lilburn, Ga.; and Albertville, Ala.

Domingo Pablo Gutierrez, 52, was sentenced to 30 months in prison to be followed by three years of supervised release, and ordered to forfeit $40,000 in proceeds. Gutierrez pled guilty on August 22, 2013 to one count of conspiracy to commit identification fraud and one count of conspiracy to commit human smuggling for financial gain.

Moises Lara-Ceballos, 38, was sentenced to 54 months in prison to be followed by three years of supervised release, and ordered to forfeit $422,793 in proceeds. Lara-Ceballos pled guilty on September 20, 2013 to one count of conspiracy to commit identification fraud, one count of aggravated identity theft, and one count of illegal reentry after deportation.

Juan Quero-Mendez, 28, was sentenced to 36 months in prison to be followed by three years of supervised released, and ordered to forfeit $17,180 in proceeds. Quero-Mendez pled guilty on September 20, 2013 to one count of conspiracy to commit identification fraud and one count of conspiracy to commit human smuggling for financial gain.

Adonis Ramirez-Segura, 54, was sentenced to 22 months in prison to be followed by three years of supervised release. Ramirez-Segura pled guilty on September 20, 2013 to one count of conspiracy to commit identification fraud and one count of Social Security fraud.

Gutierrez, a Guatemalan national, and Lara-Ceballos and Quero-Mendez, both Mexican nationals, will also be deported from the U.S. following the completion of their sentences.

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