Texas Pastor Sentenced to Prison For Green Card Fraud

A Texas pastor convicted of making counterfeit green cards has been sentenced to a year in prison and may face deportation, according to he San Antonio Express-News.

Felipe DeJesus Coronel Pacheco, a pastor with the Ministerios Epicentro Donde Nace La Bendicion in Austin, and an accomplice, Luis Angel Tovar Cisneros, were arrested in December by US Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents. The news report said both men were born in Mexico.

Over five months, undercover ICE agents ordered fake green cards and social security cards for $160 a set. When authorities searched the men’s home, the newspaper said they found faux green cards, laminating pouches, a laminator, computers and printers.

Coronel and Cisneros both pleaded guilty to conspiracy to manufacture counterfeit permanent-resident cards, reported the source.

Those who want to legally apply for a green card will need to complete an immigrant petition. Afterwards, the US Citizenship and Immigration Services website says applicants will be given a priority date, after which they will be in line for a visa.