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Mexican Fake I.D. Ring Boss Faces Life For Kidnapping And Killing Competitor

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A former member of a major fake ID ring faces a mandatory life prison term for kidnapping and killing a competitor.

Edy Oliverez-Jiminez will be sentenced Friday in federal court in Richmond. A jury in November convicted him of six counts, including kidnapping and murder in aid of racketeering in connection with the slaying of a rival fake ID seller in Little Rock, Ark.

Oliverez-Jiminez was part of a fraudulent document enterprise based in Mexico that operated in 13 states. Prosecutors say the ring protected its lucrative turf with threats, intimidation and beatings.

Thirty people were charged with participating in the ring. Oliverez-Jiminez, a cell manager for the ring in Little Rock and Virginia Beach, was the only one who went to trial.

(© Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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