The Decatur Police Department arrested three suspects Wednesday who were caught making fake identification documents for illegal immigrants.
Estela Pablo, Pablo Agustin Tzep, 27, and Miguel Pablo Guitierrez, 43, all of Decatur, are charged with trafficking in stolen identities. Tzep and Guitierrez are also charged with tampering with physical evidence.
Police first received information about the possible manufacturing of illegal documents in January and February. They went to a home at 1005 Honeysuckle Lane Southwest and found the three suspects.
“The suspects were using stolen identities to manufacture the documents,” police revealed in a press release.
According to court documents, a warrant was served on February 8, and investigators found multiple stolen social security cards, state IDs, birth certificates, paperwork with bank account information, dates of birth and social security numbers.
The Decatur Police Vice/Narcotics Unit, the Decatur Police Financial Crimes Unit, U.S. Secret Service, U.S. Marshals Service and the U.S. Social Security Administration worked on the case.
Morgan County Circuit Court Judge Jennifer Howell set Pablo’s bond at $150,000 cash and Tzep’s and Guitierrez’s bonds at $150,300 cash.
Police say they believe there will be more arrests and charges in connection to the case.
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