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NCDMV Investigation Shuts Down Two Fraudulent Document Labs

Case results in eight arrests

Raleigh - Following an eight-month joint investigation with the Department of Homeland Security, the N.C. Division of Motor Vehicles' License and Theft Bureau on Aug. 23 shut down two fraudulent document labs and arrested six individuals in Charlotte. Two additional arrests related to the case were made in Rock Hill, S.C.

The arrests were the result of a combined effort of License and Theft agents and other state, federal and local law enforcement agencies. Search warrants executed in North Carolina and South Carolina yielded seizures of evidence dealing with vehicle dealer law, stolen motor vehicles, stolen and illegally obtained firearms, narcotics and two labs operating in the manufacture of fraudulent identification documents.

The following suspects were charged and arrested:

  • Juan Carlos Sanchez-Garcia, 41, of 6221 Sunbridge Court, Charlotte, was arrested on an outstanding arrest warrant and charged with possession of stolen motor vehicles, possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana, maintaining a dwelling to sell and deliver marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, acting as a motor vehicle dealer without a license, manufacturing fraudulent identification, possession of a stolen firearm and trafficking stolen identities.
  • Luis Orihuela, 21, of 6221 Sunbridge Court, Charlotte, was arrested on five outstanding federal arrest warrants.
  • Brianda Zulema Orihuela-Herrera, 26, of 6221 Sunbridge Court, Charlotte, will be charged with possession of a stolen firearm, possession with intent to sell marijuana, maintaining a dwelling to sell marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and two counts of possession of a stolen vehicle.
  • Julia Maria Mejia-Sanchez, 32, of 2101 Canterwood Dr., Unit 7, Charlotte, was arrested on an outstanding federal arrest warrant and charged with violations resulting from selling and transferring fraudulent documents in and around Charlotte.
  • Denis Amilcar Paz-Guardardo, 30, of 7711 Waterford Lakes Dr., Apt. 3131, Charlotte, was arrested on outstanding federal arrest warrants and a search warrant of his premises that yielded a fraudulent document manufacturing lab.
  • Roger Madrid Investroza, 41, of 6619 Montcrest Dr., Apt. M., Charlotte, was arrested on five counts of manufacturing fraudulent IDs.

Two other arrests were made in Rock Hill, S.C., where Martin Rivera-Garcia and Jorge Rivera-Garcia were charged with fraudulent identification documents and weapons charges.

Thirteen License and Theft Bureau inspectors worked with Homeland Security Investigations, Alcohol Law Enforcement, the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department, the Rock Hill Police Department, South Carolina Law Enforcement Division and the Chester County Sheriff's Office to make the arrests.

Numerous additional state charges are pending.

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2/19/2018 7:48 AM

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