By Patsy R. Brumfield/NEMS Daily Journal
OXFORD – A federal grand jury recently accused four Union County residents in a scheme to sell false documents to illegal immigrants.
Hector Majia and David Cruz also are charged with conspiracy.
Majia, about 27, is accused of having illegal Puerto Rican birth certificates and social security cards, and Cruz, about 29, with taking photographs to make false identification documents for the people who wanted to buy what Majia allegedly had.
They both are accused of selling the fake identification documents to illegal immigrants “for fraudulent purposes.”
Arrested April 1, they pleaded not guilty April 6 before U.S. Magistrate Judge S. Allan Alexander. Both men were held without bond.
If convicted, Majia and Cruz face up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine on Count 1, and Majia faces up to 15 years in prison and $250,000 fine on Count 2.
Their two-count indictment claims on about Jan. 7 Majia met with an undercover agent, posing an an illegal immigrant, to be paid for fake documents.
Also accused are Elizabeth Mejia-Zaleon, about 25, and Magdelino Vargas-Justo, about 21. Each is charged with one count of possessing someone else’s Social Security card to be used to make a false Mississippi identification card.
Federal documents show only the year in which these defendants are born, not the exact birth date.
If convicted, the women face up to 15 years in prison and $250,000 fine each. Vargas-Justo was ordered held temporarily, but documents do not show Mejia-Zaleon’s status.
Both pleaded not guilty before Judge Alexander. Trials are set May 24 for Mejia-Zaleon and June 7 for Vargas-Justo before Chief Judge Michael P. Mills in Oxford.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Clay Joyner is the prosecutor in the case.
The four were indicted March 25 by the Oxford grand jury.
Majia and Cruz’s trial is set for Sept. 13 before U.S. District Judge Sharion Aycock in Aberdeen.
Contact Patsy R. Brumfield at (662) 678-1596 or firstname.lastname@example.org.