Police: Fake ID ring uncovered in Smyrna
by Lindsay Field
lfield@mdjonline.com
February 23, 2013 01:07 AM | 5177 views | 11 11 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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SMYRNA — Two men have been arrested in Cobb and there may be more to come in connection with a ring of suspects making fake identification cards.

Victor Alfonso Macias, 20, of Marietta and Sergio Santana, 22, of Duluth were arrested Wednesday on charges of possessing fake IDs and obstruction.

Macias was arrested at the Cedar Mobile Home Park in Marietta by Cobb County Police, and Santana was arrested in Duluth by Georgia Bureau of Investigation agents.

According to the warrants, Santana and Macias, who are cousins, are accused of making and selling the IDs at an apartment off Ledford Street in Smyrna. Agents with the Georgia Governor’s Office of Consumer Protection and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, along with Cobb Police officers, discovered the fake documents and manufacturing equipment at Santana’s apartment on Feb. 7.

One agent recognized Macias from pictures he saw on a USB drive during the execution of another search warrant in Douglasville, and Santana’s name was on the mail for ID manufacturing materials, the warrant states. The pair was charged with obstruction because they ran from police while they were attempting to make an arrest.

Santana was released on a $10,000 bond Friday morning, and Macias remains in the Cobb County Jail on a $10,000 bond.

Vincent Picard, a spokesman with ICE, said Santana and Macias are part of a larger organization.

“We are expecting to indict a number of people federally as part of this case in the near future,” he said. He will not be able to release more information until after the individuals are indicted.

John Sours with the Georgia Governor’s Office of Consumer Protection said he could not release any more information about the case because the investigation is ongoing.

He did say that he is pleased with the combined efforts of local, state and federal agents resulting in the two arrests. But those in control of the larger organization remain at large.

“We intend to pursue this, and I’m sure our partners do as well, wherever it may lead,” Sours said. He said ID theft is an ongoing problem, not only in Cobb and Georgia, but nationwide.

“Given the size and location of Cobb County and the amount of commercial activity there, bisected by interstate highways, all those factors combined make that county one of the focal points for that kind of activity,” he said.

“Almost anybody can be the victim or attempted victim of identity theft, but there are things we can do to reduce the chances that we are going to be victims.”

Sours recommend the following ways to best safeguard against ID theft:

• Never give out personal or financial information to someone who calls or contacts you

• Keep your Social Security Number confidential

• Never allow mail to pile up in the mailbox; empty it every day if you can

• Get your name and mailing information off credit card and other unnecessary mailing lists

• Avoid sending sensitive information by email

• Check credit reports that are allowed under Georgia and federal laws with three major credit agencies.

“These are things everybody should be doing,” he said. “(Identity theft) is an endemic problem that affects old, young, poor and rich.”

For more information on ID theft, visit the Georgia Governor’s Office of Consumer Protection online at consumer.ga.gov or the Federal Trade Commission at ftc.gov.
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freddom
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April 30, 2013
it looks like u dont want the true as alays show what you want but not the true im giving u a chance to now the true about this crime family and whats ther reason to do what they

la raza
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April 02, 2013
We love you robinhood

freedom4everyone
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February 25, 2013
we love these 2 young men thanks to them many people jave a job ..... america wouldnt be america without hispanics look around you ther the ones that realy push it to the limite
Dustoff
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February 23, 2013
$10,000 bond????? Give me a break, the judges need to get on the ball and refuse bail for these idiots!!!!
SS Number
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February 23, 2013
"Keep your Social Security Number confidential". One thing the government fails to point out i: if you are old enough for a Medicare card and are carrying it around, it has your SS number on it. Please leave at home and when you at a medical facility give your SS # and whatever letter your card has behind it.
areyousure?
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February 23, 2013
This must be a mistake. Can someone please contact Rich Pellegrino, Jerry Gonzalez and Kevin Foley? There is no way these NON citizens would do something so illegal. Surely Cobb County police have made a mistake. Either that or they were profiling these fine young men.
Pat H
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February 23, 2013
MDJ - please interview Tim Lee, Helen Goreham and Lisa Cupid again, and ask them in light of these kinds of operations whether IMAGE should be mandatory for hiring on tax funded projects.

This article only focuses on what the victims should do. How about our elected governing representatives being proactive to eliminate the incentive for identity theft.

Our government, jumping to the demands of the Chamber of Commerce is the problem. You volunteered for this job, either do it or step down.
Illegal
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February 24, 2013
Yea might have known. illegal and thieves no big surprise.
Laura A.
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February 23, 2013
Nothing like getting started at a young age....do you think the recipients of the IDs might be getting jobs with area contractors who will never check their status with the IMAGE Program, thereby receiving our tax dollars doing a job that MANY in Cobb would love to be doing? Because labor from other countries gives our business people more profit and certainly those contractors with the county can police themselves when it comes to hiring illegals?
anonymous
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February 23, 2013
They're just stealing the identities Americans are too lazy to steal.
mk-mecca 4 illegals
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February 23, 2013
....but somebody's got to make sure these 'illegal' laborers pass the 'legal' I-9 smell test, we've got RFP's to fill.!

We must get the roads built! We must get these sidewalks poured! We must get the sodded parks & baseball fields cut! We must blow the grass clippings off the fresh cut grass!

We MUST make a profit! It's the AMERICAN way!!

Our local government encourages this criminal activity!!

Just ask Helen, Tim & Max!!
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