- Associated Press - Monday, May 18, 2015

GULFPORT, Miss. (AP) - A Pascagoula man has pleaded guilty to federal charges of attempting to commit identity theft for selling Puerto Rican birth certificates and Social Security cards in South Mississippi to people living in the U.S. illegally.

The Sun Herald reports (https://bit.ly/1IH99pu ) that Luiz Manuel Cruz-Gonzalez entered the plea this past week. He will be sentenced for Aug. 11. Cruz-Gonzalez faces a maximum prison term of 25 years.

Edgardo Batiz Medina of Gautier also was indicted in the case. His trial is scheduled for June.

The two men worked at Signal International’s Pascagoula shipyard.

Prosecutors say Cruz-Gonzalez agreed to sell to an informant five sets of fake IDs for $6,000, and accepted a partial payment of $1,750 on Feb. 20. They say Cruz-Gonzalez would pick up the identities from Medina at the shipyard.

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Information from: The Sun Herald, https://www.sunherald.com

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