2 Arrested in shutdown of fraudulent ID operation in Glendale

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GLENDALE -- Arizona Department of Public Safety detectives shut down a fraudulent ID operation following a two-week-long investigation.

Detectives, who are part of the Arizona Fraudulent Identification Task Force, served a search warrant at a home near 67th and Glendale avenues on Tuesday.

According to Bart Graves with DPS, the suspect inside, known as "Belinda," was in the process of making fraudulent government identification cards and initially refused to answer the door. Forced entry was made.

Three children who were inside the home were released to a family member.

Graves said task force members seized various manufacturing components that were hidden in various rooms. The items included a laptop computer, a scanner/printer, ID card printers, blank laminate and card stock used for Social Security cards.

Authorities also found more than 60 completed IDs, which include Arizona, Tennessee, California and foreign government fraudulent IDs, and $400 in U.S. currency.

Glendale residents Maria Orozco-Aguirre, 29, and Esbeuda Bahena Valdez, 26, were arrested.


The suspects were charged with manufacturing fraudulent identification, taking the identity of another, conducting a criminal enterprise, forgery, trafficking in stolen identity and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.