LAWRENCEVILLE — Three Gwinnett men were indicted this week for their alleged roles in a ring providing fradulent IDs to illegal immigrants.
Jesus Olvera, Raul Mario Blancas and Jaime Quiroz-Santiago (a.k.a. Amador Kikroz) were among the four men arrested in April as part of an investigation by Immigration and Customs Enforcement. On Wednesday, a Gwinnett County grand jury indicted Blancas on two counts of manufacturing false identification documents and Quiroz-Santiago on four counts apiece of first-degree forgery and manufacturing false identification documents.
Law enforcement came down much harder on Olvera, the presumed ringleader.
Indictments against Olvera, a 35-year-old Lawrenceville man, charge him with 28 separate counts of computer forgery, one count of possession of tools for the commission of a crime and two counts apiece of first-degree forgery and manufacturing false identification documents. According to his 43-page indictment, Olvera created and sold fake documents including permanent resident and Social Security cards, as well as state identification cards from Georgia, California, Tennessee, Virginia, North Carolina and Texas.
An ICE official confirmed earlier this year that the documents, believed manufactured and distributed between January and mid-April, were sold to illegal immigrants.
ICE spokesman Vincent Picard confirmed Thursday that Olvera is believed to have been the suspect physically making the faked IDs. Blancas and Quiroz-Santiago were “runners,” identifying buyers and delivering documents, Picard said.
Two other suspects — Hector Antonio Fuentes and another man whose identity was unclear — have also been arrested in connection to the ring but were not indicted Wednesday.
All five defendants are facing both state and, eventually, federal charges.
The case was investigated by ICE’s Document and Benefits Fraud Task Force, which includes a member of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation that Picard previously said “really made the case.”