Suspected immigration fraud mastermind extradited
DENVER , Colorado – One of two brothers who prosecutors say were the masterminds behind one of the largest identification production organizations in the country has been apprehended in Mexico and extradited to the United States.
Pedro Castorena-Ibarra had been in custody in Mexico City since August 2006 and was turned over to American authorities Tuesday, Mexico’s attorney general said in a statement Wednesday.
A message left at the U.S. Marshals Service in Denver was not immediately returned.
Pedro Castorena-Ibarra and Francisco Javier Castorena-Ibarra, of Mexico City, were indicted in July 2005 on charges of money laundering and conspiring to produce counterfeit immigration identification documents.
Francisco Javier Castorena-Ibarra pleaded guilty in October 2005 to charges of money laundering and was sentenced in December 2005 to seven years in prison.
Prosecutors have said the brothers conspired to manufacture counterfeit alien registration receipt cards, Social Security cards and other forms of ID for foreign nationals illegally in the United States.