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Four plead guilty in Puerto Rico identity theft ring

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CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) -

Four people have pleaded guilty to charges related to a Puerto Rican identity theft ring, according to the Department of Justice. 

Oris Mercedes Baez Ramirez, 50, of Hamilton, Ramon Fuentes Morillo, 50, of Puerto Rico, Cipriano Diaz, 39, of Cincinnati and Chilango Zuniga, 40, of Hamilton, all pleaded guilty to charges related to mail mail and wire fraud and aggravated identity theft.

The defendants allegedly trafficked Puerto Rican birth certificates and Social Security cards from April 2014 until July 2015, according to court documents. 

The DOJ says the they tried to avoid detection by using fake names on packages they sent via Priority or Express Mail. They allegedly wired money to and from Puerto Rico in order to purchase more documents to sell for a profit. 

Ramirez pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud and four counts of aggravated identity theft.

Morillo pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud and, four counts of aggravated identity theft and one count of money laundering. 

Diaz pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud, two counts of aggravated identity theft and one count of money laundering. 

Zuniga pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud and one count of aggravated identity theft. 

According to the DOJ, conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud and money laundering are crimes punishable by up to 20 years in prison. Each count of aggravated identity theft carries a mandatory two-year addition to sentences for underlying felony offenses. 

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