XENIA — A man involved in a fake ID production operation pleaded guilty to six felony charges in Greene County Common Pleas Court Thursday.
Eloy Martinez, 50, faces the potential of up to 23 years in prison and $65,000 in fines for the charges, none of which is a mandatory sentence, as well as the possibility of deportation. Martinez could alternatively be sentenced to probation for the charges. Martinez is set to be sentenced Aug. 11 by Judge Michael Buckwalter.
Martinez pleaded guilty to a conspiracy charge, as well as five charges of money laundering and agreed to forfeit some of the items consider to be used in or proceeds of the operation, including a laptop and a vehicle. The other 14 charges Martinez 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, Martinez and Jesus Villasenor, 44, 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.
Villasenor pleaded guilty to six felony charges related to the operation in May and faces 26 years in prison for the charges, as well as the possibility of deportation. Villasenor is scheduled to be sentenced June 29.
Before pleading guilty Thursday, Martinez acknowledged 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.