- Associated Press - Friday, September 11, 2015

CINCINNATI (AP) - A federal grand jury has charged eight Ohioans and one Puerto Rico resident in a document trafficking ring involving birth certificates and Social Security cards obtained in the names of real individuals in Puerto Rico and sold in Ohio.

An FBI statement says the defendants indicted in U.S. District Court in Cincinnati were arrested Wednesday in Cincinnati and Puerto Rico.

The indictment alleges the sets of identity documents obtained in the names of real individuals from Puerto Rico were shipped to southern Ohio and sold in the Cincinnati area for $900 to $1,200 each.

The defendants include five Cincinnati residents, three from Hamilton and one from Puerto Rico. They are each charged with conspiracy to commit wire and mail fraud. Other indictment counts include aggravated identity theft and money laundering.

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