Columbia Man sentenced to 18 months in Prison for Producing False Immigration Documents and Social Security Cards

Baltimore, Maryland – U.S. District Judge Richard D. Bennett sentenced Oscar Cilia-Roa, age 30, of Columbia, Maryland today to 18 months in prison followed by two years of supervised release for producing more than 100 false United States identification documents, announced United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein.  As part of his plea agreement, Cilia-Roa also agreed to be deported from the United States upon the completion of his sentence.         

According to his guilty plea, between June 2006 and May 2007, Cilia-Roa produced U.S. immigration documents, including Permanent Resident Cards and  Employment Authorization documents, as well as Social Security Administration documents using two residences in Columbia, Maryland to produce, store and distribute the false documents to numerous customers.

At one of the locations police recovered laminate backings, paper stock, photo paper stock, envelopes used to transport documents to customers, numerous photo printers, photo printer cartridges, computers, document scanners, paper cutters, art pencils, metallic color paper stock resembling the backing on U.S. permanent resident cards, a fraudulent U.S. resident card, and a bag containing shredded identification documents.  Cilia-Roa produced over 100 false identification documents, charging between $30 and $100 per document and earning between $70,000 and $80,000 per year in the process.        

United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein thanked U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the Social Security Administration, Office of Inspector General and the Howard County Police Department for their investigative work, and commended Assistant United States Attorney James G. Warwick, who prosecuted the case.

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