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RALEIGH -North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles' License and Theft Bureau inspectors arrested two men in Concord Wednesday morning for manufacturing counterfeit government-issued ID cards and other documents, some using valid information belonging to innocent victims.

Manuel Casillas Alvarado, 44, and Joaquin Gutierrez Villareal, 46, both of 7041 Stonington Lane, Charlotte, were arrested at 7:40 a.m. in a traffic stop at the intersection of Thunder Road and Concord Mills Boulevard in Concord as they were attempting to deliver the counterfeit documents to undercover inspectors.

The two-week-long investigation uncovered counterfeit North Carolina ID cards, Social Security cards, and U.S. permanent resident cards, among others. License and Theft Bureau Inspectors J.T. Ratliff, Jason Shrader and Todd Cauthen coordinated the arrest out of DMV's Charlotte office, working with the Salisbury Police Department and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

A search of the suspects' house resulted in the seizure of several items used in the manufacture of counterfeit documents, including a computer, printer, card stock and other paraphernalia. A search of the suspects' vehicle at the traffic stop revealed additional counterfeit documents, including a South Carolina driver license, California ID card and other Social Security cards and U.S. permanent resident cards.

Alvarado was charged with two counts of trafficking in stolen identities, eight counts of common law forgery, six counts of manufacturing fraudulent ID cards, one count of possession of a fictitious driver license and one count of no operator's license. Villareal was charged with six counts of common law forgery, two counts of trafficking in stolen identities and four counts of manufacturing fraudulent ID cards.

Both suspects are being held in the Cabarrus County jail under $200,000 secured bonds. Additional charges may be forthcoming.


2/13/2018 4:26 PM