OGDEN -- Three people have been arrested after an investigation revealed what the Attorney General's SECURE Task Force says was a document forgery ring operating in two Ogden homes.
Anna Derodriguez, 50, Ubaldo Morales, 40, and Carlos Valdivia, 28, were arrested this week after the monthlong investigation, said Attorney General's Office Special Agent Craig Gibson.
All three were booked Wednesday into Weber County Jail on six counts of possession of forged documents, six counts of forgery and one count of conspiracy. All are felony charges.
Gibson said the SECURE task force began watching two homes after receiving a tip that several people were making and selling fraudulent identification cards.
On Wednesday, task force officials served search warrants simultaneously on Valdivia's home in the 3200 block of Grant Avenue and another home near the 200 block of 31st Street where Derodriguez and Morales had been living.
Gibson said officials found equipment used to manufacture the false documents at Valdivia's home.
"That was where we found computer equipment, laminator, paper cutter, things generally found and used in manufacturing ID cards," he said.
Gibson said it appears Valdivia made the IDs at his home, while Derodriguez and Morales served as runners.
"She would meet someone, get a photo of that person and transfer it to Carlos," he said. "He would then produce the ID, get it back to her, and she would get it back to the customer."
The three were arrested following the home searches. Gibson said Immigration and Customs Enforcement assisted, as all three are in the country illegally.
Gibson said it is unknown how widespread the customer base was for the fraudulent IDS or how many IDs were produced, but Gibson estimated Valdivia made about five or six a week.
The statewide SECURE task force investigates crimes committed by illegal immigrants, Gibson said. It handled the forgery ring case because tips from community members came through its office last month.
Gibson said agents do not believe anyone else was involved in the forgery ring, or that it was part of a larger operation.
The investigation is ongoing.