Rockford, Ill. – Javier Santos Suarez, 40, pled guilty in federal court of writing counterfeit checks to several Northern Illinois banks and businesses, totaling more than $712,000. Suarez is a Mexican citizen, he said he and three others used fake ID’s to cash the checks at several places in Poplar Grove, Marengo and Harvard as well as other states. He admitted to keeping part of the cash and gave the rest to his co-defendants.
Suarez faces a maximum sentence of 30 years in prison and a fine up to $1 million. He will be sentenced May 13, 2019.
The co-defendants, Rogelio Ramos, Leonel Bello Leon and Miseal Sangabriel Alarcon all have pled guilty and have been sentenced to between 30 and 40 months in federal prison.