ICE agents bust document forgers in DC

| 8/5/2005

Agents from U.S Immigration and Customs Enforcement arrested 16 people in five separate locations in the Washington, DC, metro area in connection with false document, open-air markets in DC and Maryland.

The agents seized several bags of evidence, including fraudulent social security cards, laminating machines and typewriters. Of the 16 individuals arrested, 11 were illegal immigrants.

According to an ICE news release, all of the people arrested could face criminal charges, while the immigrants face possible deportation as well. Several of the immigrants were also discovered with illegal firearms.

The busts came as part of Operation Card Shark, a joint effort by ICE, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia, U.S. Secret Services Uniform Division; the Social Security Administration’s Office of the Inspector General, and the DC Metropolitan Police Department.

The operation’s main purpose is to seek and break up document counterfeiters.  It has been running since 2002 and has dismantled three counterfeit document vending organizations and identified several others.