CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Two men convicted of making and selling false Permanent Resident Cards, or green cards, were sentenced in federal court Thursday.
According to the United States Attorney's office, Daniel Morales-Ramirez, 37, of Goose Creek was sentenced to 24 months in jail and three years probation on charges of possession of document making instruments and possession of a firearm by an illegal alien.
Fermin Gonzalez-Mendoza, 37, of Charleston, was sentenced to 21 months in jail and three years probation for uttering a fraudulent immigration document and for transferring a false identification document.
Gonzalez-Mendoza is the owner and operator of a West Ashley convenience store named Tele Envios Tienda Latina. An undercover investigation determined that Gonzalez-Mendoza was selling green cards and other false identification documents at his store to individuals who were in the U.S. illegally.
Those customers would have their picture taken at the store and Gonzalez-Mendoza would then place an order for the documents with an illegal identification manufacturing "plant" located at a residence in Goose Creek.
Morales-Ramirez was the operator of the "plant" that was supplying fake documents to the store.