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February 13, 2014

Lowville man found guilty of forged instrument possession

MALONE — Francisco Carbajal of Lowville was found guilty by a Franklin County jury of two felony counts of second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument.

In January, State Police Trooper Jody Winch stopped Carbajal’s vehicle in Tupper Lake and found an illegal alien from Guatemala in the car, as well as $18,350 in cash, the Franklin County District Attorney’s Office said in a news release.

A forged resident alien card and a fake Social Security card were also found in the vehicle.

The DA’s Office said the case will send a message to those who think they can freely transport illegal aliens through the North Country and create fraudulent documents.

Law-enforcement agencies will continue working with federal agencies in an effort to stop these kinds of crimes, the DA’s Office said.

Carbajal was represented by attorney Peter Dumas, and Franklin County District Attorney Derek Champagne prosecuted the case.

Assisting State Police in the investigation were the Tupper Lake Village Police Department, U.S. Border and Protection Border Patrol, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the State Police Northern Border Security Team.

Email Felicia Krieg:fkrieg@pressrepublican.comTwitter: @FeliciaKrieg

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