Missouri woman pleads guilty in immigration fraud scheme

Monday, May 7, 2012 | 6:05 p.m. CDT; updated 7:00 p.m. CDT, Monday, May 7, 2012

KANSAS CITY — A northwestern Missouri woman has pleaded guilty to taking part in a scheme to provide fraudulent identity documents to more than 3,500 illegal immigrants throughout the U.S.

The U.S. Attorney's office says 23-year-old Christina Michelle Gonzalez, of St. Joseph, entered the plea Monday in what prosecutors have called a $5 million conspiracy.

Gonzalez admitted taking part from 2009 to January 2012 in the scheme to transport illegal immigrants, produce identification documents and commit identity crimes and Social Security fraud.

Prosecutors said the scheme resulted in more than 3,500 licenses being issued to illegal immigrants by the Missouri Revenue Department license office in St. Joseph.


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