Office of the Attorney General
Attorney General Conway Announces Final Conviction in Immigration and Identity Theft Probe

Press Release Date:  Wednesday, February 15, 2012  
Contact Information:  Shelley Catharine Johnson
Deputy Communications Director
502-696-5659 (office)

Attorney General Jack Conway and his Office of Special Prosecutions today announced the fifth and final conviction in connection with an immigration and identity theft probe by the Attorney General's Department of Criminal Investigations (DCI) and other agencies.

Thirty-five-year-old Antonio Lopez-Rodriguez pled guilty today in Jefferson Circuit Court in Louisville to one felony count of theft of identity. Lopez-Rodriguez was sentenced to three years to serve and a $1,000 fine. The sentence was probated to allow for his deportation.

"I am pleased to see this case come to a close," General Conway said. "The five convictions we successfully achieved in this matter are a testament to the hard work of my investigators and prosecutors."

The Attorney General's investigation revealed that Lopez-Rodriguez illegally bought stolen identification documents from a United States' citizen living in Puerto Rico. The documents were used unlawfully to cause the issuance of official Kentucky identification cards. The Kentucky IDs were allegedly intended to be used for various purposes, including employment. General Conway's DCI unit began investigating the allegations after receiving information from the Department of Defense (DOD) and concerned citizens in Kentucky.

Other individuals previously convicted in connection with the scheme were Jesus Arauza (AKA Jonathan Gonzales), Enrique Escalante, Jose Reyes, and Pedro Carillo. Escalante was sentenced to seven years; Arauza was sentenced to a five years; and Jose Reyes and Pedro Carillo were each sentenced to 12 months, withheld on pre-trial diversion.