NWGA Scanner | August 11th, 2021

Men found in possession of fake social security card after being stopped for speeding in Floyd County

According to a Floyd County Police Department incident report, on July 28th, 2021, around 11:48 PM, Officer Ribot-Aviles was patrolling the area of GA 1. Officer Ribot-Aviles reported, “[I] was heading outbound when [I] observed a vehicle heading inbound. [I] was not operating the radar at the time, but based on my training and experience from being certified as a Radar Operator, [I] was able to see that the vehicle was speeding. [I] estimated that the vehicle was over 70 MPH.” the officer then saw that the vehicle was swerving on his lane and witnessed that the driver was unable to maintain the lane. According to the report, due to the two observed violations, the officer initiated the traffic stop. The officer made contact with the driver, identified as Yojans Vinicio Castaneda-Villagran, 38, Lexington, Kentucky, and advised him of the reason for the stop. When asked for his driver’s license and insurance, Castañeda stated that he did not have an ID with him, but he had other documents. According to the report, “He also advised that he did not have a driver’s license to operate a vehicle. He also stated that his name was Angel Villaeran with a DOB of March 3rd, 1983.” Castañeda even showed medical documents where he was using that name. Officer Ribot-Aviles reported, “At the time, he was going to be arrested for driving without a license. He also told me that the vehicle was not insured, so he was getting charged with driving without insurance coverage. While talking to him, he advised me that he was heading to South Carolina. [I] also did an inventory search. While conducting an inventory search, the passenger, identified as Jose Santos Cruz-Aguilar, 37, Homeless, was very anxious about the search. At one point, while [I] was searching the trunk area, he said that [I] was not going to find anything in there. Those comments were made out of context because [I] was just doing an inventory Search. Behind the passenger seat, [I] saw a bag. Inside [I] found a small folder, and inside [I] found an ID (Voting ID from Mexico) and a Social Security Card. At first, the colors for the social security card got my attention and the font that was used. [I] also saw that the name was not similar to any of the males. As a Hispanic person, [I] am aware of how the last names are hyphenated on the social security card. This card did not have that characteristic. Also, there was no middle name written on the card. [I] knew at the time that the card was fake.” The officer was unable to know if any of them used the social security card to gain benefits from it. Both men had equal access to it. Based on that, the passenger, Cruz, was placed under arrest as well. Castañeda and Cruz were both transported to the Floyd County Jail. Both of them informed the officer that they had tools in the trunk, and they were construction workers who travel around working. Curs was charged with felony 1st-degree forgery. Castañeda was charged with driving while license is suspended or revoked, giving false name and date of birth, felony 1st-degree forgery x2, speeding, failure to maintain lane, and no insurance.