NORFOLK -- A Mexican national has pleaded guilty to charges related to what the government calls a violent, multi-state fraudulent document ring.

34-year-old Jose Rafael Murcia-Garcia is linked to a bogus document ring that operated prior to 2008 through late 2010, with cells in Richmond, Hampton Roads and northern Virginia, plus numerous other states. The documents included counterfeit resident alien and Social Security cards.

Prosecutors say 34 members of the ring have been convicted.

Murcia-Garcia pleaded guilty to conspiracy to engage in racketeering and conspiracy to launder money and faces up to 40 years in prison and a fine of $750,000, followed by deportation upon completion of his prison term.

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