NBC 10 I-Team: Federal agents arrest Providence man for fake ID operation
Federal agents, along with Providence police, raided the home of a Mexican national Tuesday, arresting him and busting up an alleged fake identity operation.
The investigation by Immigration Customs Enforcement led agents to the first floor apartment at 334 Hartford Avenue in Providence, according to a law enforcement source.
Eufemio Aguilar was arrested and charged with immigration document fraud and aggravated identity theft.
Agents confiscated five laptop computers, two document producing machines, as well as supplies like ink to create official looking documents, a number of fraudulent ID’, in addition to $27,000 in cash, according to a prosecutor’s court testimony.
The government purchased alleged fake IDs three times from Aguilar. A prosecutor said he was using fake permanent resident cards and social security numbers of real people.
Aguilar, wearing a purple checkered polo shirt and blue cargo pants, listened to the charges against him through an interpreter.
Prosecutor John McAdams said Aguilar is a risk of flight and told Judge Patricia Sullivan there is an ICE detainer on the defendant should the court release him.
Aguilar’s court appointed defense attorney argued the Providence man has close ties to the community and would not run.
Sullivan detained Aguilar rather than send him into ICE custody.
A hearing is scheduled for May 29.