Shasta Co. Brothers Plead Guilty for Distributing Counterfeit Immigration Papers

REDDING, Calif. - Two Shasta County brothers pleaded guilty in court today to producing and selling counterfeit immigration papers.

32-year-old Sergio Alonso Madrigal-Felix of Redding and 36-year-old Mario Alfonso Madrigal-Felix of Anderson sold $150 document sets that included an alien registration card (a "green card"), and a Social Security card with a fake number.

Undercover agents working for Homeland Security Investigations bought 11 sets of false immigration documents from the brothers during their investigation.

After a search warrant was issued, the agents confiscated document-making equipment including a laptop, hard drive, printer, and laminator, all of which the defendants have agreed to give up to the United States as a part of their plea agreements.

The defendants are scheduled to be sentenced on March 11, 2013.

If given the maximum penalty, the brothers will be sentenced to 15 years in prison and must pay a $250,000 fine.

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