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Jury convicts Marshfield man in ID conspiracy

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A federal jury has convicted a Marshfield man of conspiring to sell fake driver’s licenses.

Twenty-six-year-old Ricardo Gonzales De Arcos faces up to 45 years in prison when he’s sentenced in September.

According to an indictment and prosecutors, Khue Xiong used his position at a state Department of Transportation office in Stevens Point to produce about 70 fake licenses for illegal immigrants in 2010.

Gonzales De Arcos and several others sold the licenses, funneling some of the money back to Xiong.

The jury handed down its verdict on Tuesday. Gonzales De Arcos’ attorney, Ronald Gabriel Benavides, said his client testified he thought his actions were legal since Xiong worked for the DOT.

Xiong and two others pleaded guilty earlier this year. Two more alleged members of the conspiracy remain fugitives.

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