RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A former member of a multistate fraudulent document ring who was convicted in the slaying of a rival fake ID seller in Arkansas was sentenced Friday in Virginia to two consecutive life terms in federal prison.

Edy Oliverez-Jiminez, 25, of Virginia Beach was convicted on six counts, including kidnapping and murder in aid of racketeering. Prosecutors said Oliverez-Jiminez was part of a fake ID enterprise that operated in 13 states and protected its lucrative turf with threats, intimidation and beatings.

A federal jury in November found Oliverez-Jiminez responsible for the July 2010 kidnapping and murder of a 17-year-old competitor in Little Rock. The victim was lured to an abandoned mobile home, where he was bound, gagged and blindfolded with duct tape and was beaten to death.

“Edy Oliverez-Jiminez is a calculating murderer who savagely attacked rival vendors to corner the fake document market,” U.S. Attorney Neil MacBride said in a written statement after the sentencing. “His Mexican-based cartel exported crime, pain and terror into the United States, and today’s sentence appropriately ensures that he will never rejoin society on either side of the border.”

According to court papers, the fake document ring operated in 19 cities in Virginia, Arkansas, Connecticut, Indiana, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Missouri, North Carolina, Ohio, Rhode Island and Tennessee. Oliverez-Jiminez served as a cell manager in Little Rock and Virginia Beach, overseeing the production of bogus IDs and supervising “runners” who sold the documents to illegal immigrants for $150 to $200 per set.

From January 2008 through November 2010, ring members wired more than $1 million to Mexico.

Thirty people were charged with participating in the ring. Oliverez-Jiminez was the only one who went to trial.

Twenty-six pleaded guilty, including ring leader Israel Cruz Millan of Raleigh, N.C., who was sentenced last month to 25 years in prison. Two alleged conspirators are fugitives, and the identity of one remains unknown.

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