LAWFUEL – Press Release Service – R. Alexander Acosta, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, and Jesus Torres, Special Agent in Charge, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (“ICE”), announced the filing of a twenty-four (24) count Indictment against defendant, Humberto Romero, charging him with the sale of counterfeit Social Security cards (42 U.S.C. § 408(a)(7)©); aggravated identity theft (18 U.S.C. § 1028A(a)(1)); fraud and misuse of visas, permits, and other documents (18 U.S.C. § 1546(a)); and possession with intent to transfer five or more false identification documents (18 U.S.C. § 1028(a)(3)). Romero was arrested this morning by federal agents and made his initial appearance in federal court this afternoon. If convicted, Romero faces a mandatory minimum sentence of two years in prison.
In early 2005, federal agents determined that Romero, a resident of Miami Beach, was selling fraudulent Social Security and Employment Authorization cards. Thereafter, several undercover meetings occurred during which Romero sold agents a total of eight sets of fraudulent Social Security and Employment Authorization cards.
Mr. Acosta commended the investigative efforts of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Daniel Rashbaum.
A copy of this press release may be found on the website of the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Florida at www.usdoj.gov/usao/fls . Related court documents and information may be found on the website of the District Court for the Southern District of Florida at http://www.flsd.uscourts.gov/ or on http://pacer.flsd.uscourts.gov/ .