RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The leader of a violent, multistate fake-identification ring has been sentenced to 25 years in federal prison.

Israel Cruz Millan of Raleigh, N.C., was sentenced Thursday in Richmond. He pleaded guilty in November to racketeering, conspiracy and money laundering charges.

According to prosecutors, Cruz Millan led a Mexico-based fake ID enterprise that protected its lucrative turf with threats, extortion, beatings and at least one murder. Cruz Millan supervised cell managers in 19 cities in 11 states. Those managers oversaw production of fake IDs and a network of “runners” who sold the bogus documents to illegal immigrants for $150 to $250 per set.

Prosecutors sought a 50-year prison term, roughly double the upper end of the federal guideline range. Cruz Millan’s attorney asked for a much lighter sentence.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.


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