5 charged in fake license, ID operation

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Five Madera residents were arrested on suspicion of operating a fake driver’s license and identification card ring, the Department of Motor Vehicles announced Thursday.

Four men — Juan Vasquez Jimenez, 24, Fernando Garcia Martinez, 25, Arcenio Ruiz Bautista, 34, and Vigilio Martinez, 28 — were arrested by DMV investigators on multiple felony counts of possessing counterfeit driver’s licenses and U.S. Permanent Resident and Social Security cards, according to a DMV press release.

A fifth man, Misael Martinez-Cervantes, 27, was charged with forging counterfeit licenses and identification documents, falsifying state seals, and possession of the aforementioned documents, the press release stated. All are being held without bail in Madera County Jail.

“Our message is this: If you are engaging in the fraudulent manufacturing of any government document, you will be prosecuted to the fullest extent,” said DMV Director George Valverde. “Ensuring the security of driver licenses and identification cards is a top priority, and we simply will not tolerate illegal activity.” ...

 

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