NEWARK, N.J. (AP) – A former northern New Jersey resident who authorities say ran a multi-state scheme that provided fake driver’s licenses and other documents to people in the country illegally has been sentenced to prison.
A federal judge in Newark sentenced Young-Kyu Park to six years in prison on Thursday.
The 58-year-old former resident of Fort Lee was one of nearly two dozen people charged in June 2012. He was living in Los Angeles at the time of his arrest.
The U.S. attorney’s office alleges Park obtained blank immigration forms that were then filled out with customers’ personal information and used to procure driver’s licenses and other forms of identification.
The ring also produced counterfeit documents including passports.
Early morning raids were conducted in 2012 at homes in Palisades Park and Fort Lee. The U.S. Attorney said the ring leader was Park, who allegedly had a confederate in California who was able to steal genuine immigration forms from a federal warehouse.
Those forms were called I-797s and were used to make copies with font styles used by the government, prosecutors said.
In addition to his prison term, Park was ordered to forfeit $1.2 million.
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