Illegal immigrant forger gets 20 years and deportation

An illegal Mexican immigrant who forged Social Security cards and residency permit green cards in Lewis County faces 20 years in federal prison and eventual deportation after pleading guilty in federal court on Wednesday.

Moises Velazquez-Jacobo, 36, of Williams Road, Lowville, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Court Judge Glenn T. Suddaby in Syracuse Wednesday to two counts of selling false documents, and one count each of possessing false documents, trafficking in false identification documents and forcibly assaulting a federal agent. According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Velazquez-Jacobo faces 15 to 20 years in federal prison and more than $1 million in fines when he is sentenced on Oct. 26.

Velazquez-Jacobo will also be deported back to Mexico when his sentence is up, officials said.

Authorities said Velazquez-Jacobo worked on a dairy farm in Lowville and sold fake Social Security cards and green cards out of his residence for at least past year. Authorities said Velazquez-Jacobo charged $200 for the phony paperwork. Working with an inside source, authorities with the federal Department of Homeland Security said they arranged several controlled buys of Velazquez-Jacobo’s forgeries in January and early March.

A search warrant was then executed on Velazquez-Jacobo’s residence on March 7. Authorities said Velazquez-Jacobo fought with the officers when they tried to take him into custody, and he bit the finger of one of the Homeland Security agents.