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5 held in sale of fake documents

August 14, 2008|From the Associated Press

Five illegal immigrants have been charged with running a counterfeit documents ring out of a video store in Anaheim.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement arrested the men Tuesday after an undercover probe. Federal agents say the Mexican nationals made counterfeit Social Security cards and immigration documents.

They allegedly collected $70 for each set of fake documents, then sent a bicyclist out to have them made at a nearby house.

Lori Haley, a spokeswoman for Immigration and Customs Enforcement, said the probe began in September 2006. Agents seized about 30 documents, although it is unclear how many the group sold.

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