Nine arrested for passport fraud in Central Valley

Nine people in the Central Valley were arrested on charges of federal passport fraud in 2011, according to the Diplomatic Security Service's San Francisco field office.

The suspects are accused of using counterfeit, stolen or other unlawfully-obtained citizenship and identity documentation, the DSS said in a press release. The felony charges carry a maximum punishment of 10 years in prison.

The majority of the cases were referred to DSS by the State Department's Bureau of Consular Affairs.

The arrests include:

Marina Castillo-Hoo of Arvin;

Arturo Lopez-Ramos of Bakersfield;

Jose Concepcion Mata-Ibanez of Chico;

Carlos Huerta-Cisneros of Delano;

Sergio Ruiz of Stockton;

Frederico Villasenor-Aviles of Stockton;

Maira Flores-DeBenitez of Tehachapi;

Jesus Sepulveda-Prado of Wasco;

Ulises Ernesto Diaz Miranda of Woodland;

The Bureau of Diplomatic Security is the State Department's law enforcement and security arm.