Francisco Santillan Arellano, a self-proclaimed "Godfather" (El Padrino), pleaded guilty to identity theft Friday in federal court in Atlanta.
Arellano, 36, admitted to making 90 sets of documents per week. These document sets included Social Security cards, green cards and driver's licenses. Many of these documents included the real personal data of legal residents and citizens. Arellano also pleaded guilty to identification document fraud and aggravated identity theft. He faces up to 12 years in federal prison and a fine of up to $750,000.
Arellano was caught after confidential informants and an undercover law enforcement officer purchased fraudulent documents. Officers seized more than 70 sets of documents when Arellano was arrested.
U.S. Attorney David Nahmias said, "In using these numbers, these defendants acted with callous disregard for the rights of law abiding citizens and residents of this country."
Updated: Wed, Oct 11th 2017 @ 11:55am EDT