Officials say Salamanca admitted to assisting between 50 to 100 illegal aliens in obtaining hundreds of government issued documents between 2008 and 2011. Five other individuals involved in the conspiracy have pleaded guilty.
A Richmond woman will spend more than 14 years in prison for her role in a conspiracy to help illegal aliens get ID cards, driver’s licenses and passports.
Federal prosecutors say 29-year-old Cynthia Salamanca was sentenced in U.S. District Court in Richmond on Friday.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office says Salamanca obtained social security cards and birth certificates from U.S. citizens and sold them to illegal aliens, whom she accompanied to the Department of Motor Vehicles and other governmental agencies to get official ID cards and licenses.
Salamanca’s scheme proved financially prosperous having obtained the documents for $1,000 to $2,000 and selling them four roughly $3,900 according to the Richmond Times Dispatch.
In October 2010, she recruited a Virginia DMV employee, Roberto Lainez, and paid him between $400 and $1,000 for each driver’s license he helped get issued by entering false identity information into the DMV database.