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Two Sentenced in Counterfeit Document Scheme

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LAS VEGAS -- A Las Vegas judge sentenced two people to several years in prison for their involvement in a large-scale counterfeit document operation.

According to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, 38-year-old Jose Navarro-Parra and 30-year-old Libia Bustillos-Gonzalez each received a sentence of two to five years in prison, during a sentencing hearing Friday in Clark County District Court.

The defendants pleaded guilty to charges of establishing and possessing a financial forgery laboratory in January.

Navarro-Parra and Bustillos-Gonzalez are both in the U.S. illegally and will be placed in deportation proceedings when they are finished their prison terms.

They were arrested in March 2012 after an undercover probe by ICE, Homeland Security Investigators and Metro Police officers. The pair were selling phony green cards, Social Security cards and driver's licenses at swap meets around southern Nevada.

When officers executed the search warrants at the defendants' homes, they found an array of equipment for making counterfeit documents, including computers, printers, laminating machines and card stock.

Investigators said the bust is one of the largest document counterfeiting operations uncovered in the Las Vegas area.

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