By Nathan Pilling
XENIA — A man involved in a fake ID production operation pleaded guilty to six felony charges in Greene County Common Pleas Court Thursday.
Jesus Villasenor, 44, faces the potential of up to 26 years in prison for the charges, none of which is mandatory, as well as the possibility of deportation. Villasenor could alternatively be sentenced to probation for the charges. Villasenor is set to be sentenced June 29 by Judge Michael Buckwalter.
Villasenor pleaded guilty to an engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity charge, as well as five money laundering charges and agreed to forfeit some of the items considered to be used in or proceeds of the operation, including computers, a printer, ID cards and other items. The other 26 counts Villasenor was indicted on in December 2015 were dismissed as part of a plea agreement.
According to criminal indictments and information from the Beavercreek Police Department and the Greene County ACE Task Force, Villasenor and Eloy Martinez, 50, and were charged because of an “illicit business” in which the two allegedly created and sold false social security cards, immigrant identifications and driver’s licenses from six states.
According to police, Martinez sold the false documents after Villasenor created them. Beavercreek Police Captain Eric Grile previously told this newspaper that fake identifications from the operation were sold in Greene County.
Before pleading guilty Friday, Villasenor told the court that he was not a United States citizen. Judge Buckwalter responded by advising him that he could potentially face consequences in addition to his sentence for the current case.
“Because you are not a citizen of the United States, you are hereby advised that conviction of the offenses to which you are pleading guilty, may have consequences of deportation, exclusion from admission to the United States and/or denial of naturalization pursuant to the laws of the United States,” Judge Buckwalter said.
Martinez’s case is pending, with a trial date of June 6, in Greene County Common Pleas Court.
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