LOWVILLE A Mexican national who provided phony immigration documents for other illegal aliens in the town of Martinsburg was sentenced Friday to more than four years in federal prison for the acts.
Moises Velazquez-Jacobo, 36, who resided at 6404 Williams Road, was sentenced in U.S. District Court, Syracuse, 51 months in prison, followed by three years of additional supervision upon his release, for June 27 guilty pleas to two counts of knowingly transferring false documents and single counts of possession of a false Social Security card and false alien registration card, or green card, with the intent to defraud the United States, trafficking in false identification cards and forcibly assaulting, resisting and impeding a special agent of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Investigations.
Mr. Velazquez-Jacobo was accused of selling fake Social Security and green cards on two dates in January, possessing fake documents on March 7 and trafficking in the fake documents between April 2011 and March 7. He also bit an agents finger as the agent tried to arrest him, piercing the agents fingernail.
His residence is part of the Marks Farm, where he was a migrant worker. Federal prosecutors have said the farms operators had no knowledge of Mr. Velazquez-Jacobos criminal activities.
Mr. Velazquez-Jacobo has twice been found to have entered the country illegally and both times was offered voluntary removal in lieu of deportation, once in 2007 and again in 2008, according to Immigration and Customs Enforcement records included in the criminal complaint. He is expected to face deportation proceedings upon his release from prison.