A citizen of Mexico, living in Omaha, has been sentenced to 4 ½ years in federal prison for producing and trying to sell phony Social Security cards.
United States Attorney Deborah Gilg says 49-year-old Faustino Suastegui-Villalva has been sentenced for producing counterfeit identification documents.
Police arrested Suastegui October 22nd of last year after a criminal complaint had been filed against him, charging him with possessing five or more counterfeit Social Security cards. Suastegui was charged later with conspiring with Fernando Nevarez-Carreon to manufacture and sell counterfeit Social Security cards. Federal agents had bought the counterfeit cards earlier in the year.
Law enforcement became suspicious of Suastegui during the investigation of Nevarez-Carreon. Agents seized electronic equipment from Suastegui’s residence which contained over one-hundred fraudulent counterfeit identification documents.
After Suastegui serves his prison sentence, he will be deported back to Mexico.
Nevarez-Carreon is scheduled to be sentenced later this month.