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Arizona Fraudulent Identity Theft (AFIT) Task Force dismantles manufacturing location in Scottsdale

Friday, October 23, 2009 -

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On Friday, October 23, 2009 at about 6:45 a.m. investigators assigned to the Arizona Fraudulent Identity Theft (AFIT) Task Force served a search warrant at two residences located at 8423 East Coronado #3, and 8427 East Coronado #1, in south Scottsdale, Ariz. The search warrant was the culmination of over a month long investigation by AFIT investigators. Two men, Efren Mariano-Flores, 24 of Quintana-Roo, Mexico and Florencio Rosales-Santos, 31 of Mexico were both arrested by uniformed DPS officers as they attempted to escape out the back door of one of the residences. Upon serving the search warrant AFIT investigators discovered expensive manufacturing equipment, several hundred dollars in cash and software along with the following items:

• Laptop Computer
• Desktop Computer
• Polaroid I.D. Card Printer
• 450 blank card stock
• Loaded .22 caliber revolver handgun
• Six fraudulent Arizona Driver’s Licenses and I.D. Cards
• 14 fraudulent Mexican, Honduran, and El Salvadorian I.D. Cards
• Numerous card stock with preprinted optical variable devices (OVD) or security features for all Mexican states including Mexico City and Mexican Federal I.D.
• Scanner and color printer
• Five credit cards and four cell phones

Mariano-Flores was booked into the Maricopa 4th avenue jail on the charges of manufacturing fraudulent documents, forgery, and identity theft. Rosales-Santos was turned over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). It is believed both men are in the country illegally. No known victims of identity theft have been identified as of yet, however it is early on in this investigation. Preliminary evidence shows the suspects also manufactured fraudulent I.D. cards from the states of Kentucky, New Mexico, North Carolina, and Idaho. The suspects had printed false social security cards and numerous other fraudulent documents in order for their customers to obtain identity in this country.

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