A former immigration worker is now facing prison time for stealing and selling hundreds of blank immigration documents that allowed illegal immigrants to obtain drivers licenses.
Martin Trejo, a former contract employee for the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services was sentenced Thursday to 26 months in prison for stealing government property and transporting it across state lines.
According to the Justice Department, Trejo was a part of a conspiracy to supply illegal immigrants government forms that allowed them to obtain drivers licenses.
“While working as a contract employee for USCIS, Trejo stole hundreds of immigration forms from the warehouse where he worked and sold them to a conspirator, who sold the forms to a criminal enterprise that used them to obtain hundreds of driver’s licenses for individuals living in New Jersey and other states illegally,” the U.S. Attorney’s office explained in a release.
Trejo was arrested for his participation in the conspiracy — lead by Young Kyu Park and largely benefited illegal immigrants from South Korea, according to reports — two years ago in a multi-state effort to arrest those involved.
According to a 2012 report about some of the arrests in The Star-Ledger, Trejo used the warehouse where his worked — USCIS’ Western Forms Center in Montclair, Calif — to lift the documents.
In addition to his time in prison, Trejo will also be required to undergo 2 additional years of supervised release and pay a fine of $4,000.