Western NY couple arrested for selling fake alien registration, SS cards

6 May 2007: Two residents of Dansville, New York were arrested last week for manufacturing and selling counterfeit alien registration cards and social security cards. George DANTZ, 39 and his fiance, Belkys MARTINEZ, 38 were arrested last Monday at their residence of 15 Washington Street, Dansville, NY after reportedly selling some of the false identification cards to undercover agents from U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement. Dansville, Livingston County, is located off of Interstate 390 about 50 miles south of Rochester, NY.

The couple face three federal charges, including violation of 18 USC Section 1028 manufacturing and selling counterfeit documents, 18 USC Section 1546, manufacturing and selling counterfeit resident alien cards and 45 USC Section 408, manufacturing and selling counterfeit social security cards.

Counterfeit identity documents such as fake alien resident cards and social security cards or passports help illegal aliens, criminals and terrorists evade detection and embed themselves in our society. Document fraud often supports the crime of immigration benefit fraud, such as welfare fraud and workers’ compensation fraud.

Officials from the U.S. Immigration and Enforcement (ICE ) Office of Investigations in Buffalo initiated the investigation following a tip from a confidential source. The couple appeared before a federal magistrate in Buffalo last week. Although DANTZ and MARTINEZ resided in the Dansville area from several years, investigation by the Northeast Intelligence Network found that both subjects have previous connections to the Lawrence, Massachusetts area. The extent of their operation remains under investigation.