XENIA — Two men pleaded not guilty in Greene County Common Pleas Court Friday to charges related to an alleged fake ID production operation.
According to criminal indictments and information from the Beavercreek Police Department and the Greene County ACE Task Force, Eloy Martinez, 50, 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 said that fake identifications from the operation were being sold in Greene County.
More than 80 false documents were discovered when investigators executed a search warrant in Hamilton related to the case. According to Grile, investigators with the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation are analyzing computers that were seized, and detectives are following up on stolen social security numbers. Grile also noted that the investigation will be presented to the U.S. Attorney for possible federal charges as well.
According to police information, Villasenor is in the United States illegally.
Martinez pleaded not guilty Friday to 20 felony and misdemeanor charges related to the alleged operation, including engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity, money laundering and identification forgery. Villasenor pleaded not guilty to 30 felony and misdemeanor charges related to the operation. Forfeiture specifications in the criminal indictments against the two included a Mitsubishi Eclipse, computers, cell phones and other equipment allegedly used to create the IDs.
According to court information, the two are each being held on $250,000 bonds.
Calls to attorneys for both men were not returned by press time.
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