Former Grand Island man sentenced to prison for selling counterfeit documents
GRAND ISLAND, Neb. -- A little of a year in prison was given to a former Grand Island man after he was convicted for selling counterfeit documents.
U.S. Attorney Steven Russell said 42-year-old Domingo Zacarias Ciprian, formerly of Grand Island, was sentenced in federal court in Omaha on Friday. He was convicted for unlawful transfer of a document or authentication feature. Ciprian will serve 15 months in prison with a one-year term of supervised release. There is no parole in the federal system. He is also Guatemalan citizen and will be deported after serving his sentence.
According to court documents, law enforcement found out that Ciprian was selling counterfeit documents. They made an undercover purchase from Ciprian of fraudulent documents to include a Social Security card and Nebraska Driver’s License on Sept. 21, 2021. A down payment was made to Ciprian through MoneyGram for the documents and he used his address and phone number to pick up the payment.
Officials said investigators then used a search warrant at Ciprian’s home in Grand Island on Nov. 3, 2021. They found 92 counterfeit documents and many of them appeared to have been made by or under the authority of the United States. The documents included 52 Social Security cards; 31 state identification cards/driver’s licenses; one permanent resident card; and eight birth certificates. Ciprian forfeited $6,640.00 in proceeds from his document trafficking operation.
This case was investigated by Homeland Security Investigations.