Two Korean nationals who were arrested for allegedly organizing an illegal immigration scheme to obtain California drivers licenses and passports for undocumented aliens are facing arraignment in a California court, reported Cerritos-Artesia Patch.
The defendants, Dae Wan Ahn of Diamond Bar, and Chong Hwan Kim of Norwalk were detained after a 16-month investigation by the California Department of Motor Vehicles and the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, according to the news source. Both men were arrested for multiple felonies, including forgery, perjury and the manufacture and distribution of false documents.
The news report said the men are suspected of altering Canadian passports and legitimate Social Security numbers from Chinese people in the Northern Mariana Islands, a US. territory. They reportedly charged up to $5,000 for valid California drivers licenses.
ICE officials said the agency is seeking 214 people, primarily from Korea and China, in connection to the case, reported the source.
An identify theft conviction may lead to considerable consequences. Under the 1998 Identify Theft Assumption Deterrence Act, violators may be subject to up to 15 years imprisonment, a fine and criminal forfeiture of personal property that may have been used to commit the offense, according to the US Department of Justice.