Metro Police bust 'bogus ID' operation

Saturday, April 18, 2009 at 3:32pm
Staff Reports

Metro Police uncovered 289 completed 'bogus' identification cards, 667 blanks, a camera, three computers, two copiers, and a laminator in the Nashville apartment of a man suspected of identification fraud.

A large-scale scheme to produce bogus U.S. immigration cards, driver licenses, and social security cards was shut down by Metro Police with the help of an informant late last week.

The investigation by Central Precinct detectives began after a police informant reported that one of the suspects, Alfonzo De La Luz, had approached him in a South Nashville Wal-Mart, gave him a business card, and offered to produce bogus government identification cards bearing the informant’s photograph and any name he chose. 

The price quoted was $270 for an immigration card, driver license and social security card.

De La Luz, 20, and a co-defendant, Senon Gines-Ramos, 19, were stopped by police Wednesday evening while en route to deliver the fake IDs, which the informant had requested be in the name of “Ronal Cerpas,” an obvious nod to Metro Police Chief Ronal Serpas.

Oddly, De La Luz, Gines-Ramos, and a third defendant, Estela Gonzalez, 25, produced the fake IDs with the name of 'Serpas' and not 'Cerpas' as requested, police said.

According to reports, detectives then executed a search warrant at Gonzalez’s apartment in the Signature Pointe complex on Piccadilly Row, where the counterfeit cards were being made. Inside officers found 289 completed cards, 667 blanks, a camera, three computers, two copiers, and a laminator.

The three suspects were charged with multiple counts of criminal simulation. Due to the extensive nature of this operation, the United States Secret Service is working with Central Precinct detectives to analyze the evidence and determine whether others are involved.

“Bogus ID operations like this have the potential to impact scores of victims in our community, from retail outlets, to banks, to persons whose legitimate social security numbers may have been fraudulently used,” Chief Serpas said.  “Detective Steve Ray did an excellent job of developing this case with the information brought to him by an informant.”

Bond for De La Luz, Gines-Ramos, and Gonzalez is set at $75,000 each.  Immigration holds have also been placed on them because they are suspected of being in the country illegally.

4 Comments on this post:

By: idgaf on 4/18/09 at 9:04

Good grab

By: frank brown on 4/19/09 at 6:42

The tip of the iceberg.

By: nnoseworthy on 4/20/09 at 7:34

you really CAN get anything at WalMart

By: pandabear on 4/20/09 at 9:13

Oh my, you really think they are in the country illegally ?!?

...but, no matter.

Let's keep bending over backwards to make sure
they have full access to medical and social security and don't forget
your Spanish lessions 'cause we sure wouldn't want them to
misunderstand what we are saying.

How 'about a little polka music !