PHOENIX - A 35-year-old man was arrested for allegedly making and selling stolen IDs in order to help undocumented immigrants get jobs, according to the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office.
Detectives investigated Gustavo Carranza-Villa for six months as he sold fake documents to businesses so they could hire people who were in the United States without documents, MCSO’s media relations spokesman Chris Hegstrom says.
Carranza-Villa was making both permanent resident ID cards and social security cards, according to Hegstrom.
The man was arrested before by Immigration and Customs Enforcement for making fake government documents and was deported to Mexico in 2006, MCSO says.
Carranza-Villa sold IDs to undercover detectives during the investigation, but he retreated to his apartment when he became suspicious of the deputies, according to MCSO.
He was eventually found working out of his Glendale apartment, Hegstrom says.
Deputies found a printer, card stock, printer ribbons and fake IDs at Carranza-Villa’s apartment.
Carranza-Villa made IDs here in Maricopa County, but some of them were found in New York state by authorities who were doing a human smuggling investigation, according to Hegstrom.
“My office has investigated 79 businesses resulting in the arrest of over 560 suspects utilizing false identifications to obtain jobs, these suspects all came into this country illegally,” Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio said in a statement.