A convicted felon and another Los Angeles man are facing federal charges for the alleged trafficking of counterfeit identification documents, including cards required to access secure areas of the Port of Los Angeles.
Brian Allen Dunmore, 54, of Porter Ranch was arrested Wednesday by special agents with U.S. Coast Guard Investigative Services, which is involved in an ongoing investigation into document mills that manufacture fraudulent identification, such as the worker identification cards needed to access secure areas of the port, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
Dunmore is expected to be arraigned Feb. 23 on federal charges of illegally manufacturing counterfeit documents, including the port credentials.
At his initial court appearance Wednesday, Dunmore was ordered held without bond, partly because he is a previously convicted felon who had a cache of firearms at his home, authorities said.
“Our national security depends in part upon our ability to restrict access to sensitive areas, including significant transportation hubs such as the Port of Los Angeles,” said Eileen M. Decker, the U.S. attorney in Los Angeles. “Here, false identification documents were given to unauthorized individuals by a person who also illegally possessed an arsenal of high-powered weapons, making this crime extremely serious.”
Special agents with CGIS on Thursday arrested a second man charged under the name Ricardo “Coy” Gama-Diaz. He appeared in federal court that afternoon and said his true name was Ricardo Rios-Gama.
The 51-year-old defendant, who lives in the South Park neighborhood, is charged with producing a false identification document, prosecutors said.
An affidavit filed in support of the criminal complaint alleges that Rios-Gama sold undercover agents counterfeit identification documents — including bogus Transportation Worker Identification Credentials, driver’s licenses, Social Security cards and “green cards” — on three occasions.
TWICs “are an important component of our overall port and transportation security system,” said Rear Adm. Joe Servidio, commander of the 11th Coast Guard District. “Taking swift and decisive action sends a strong message deterring future criminal activity.”
In conjunction with Dunmore’s arrest, Coast Guard agents executed a search warrant at his home and allegedly recovered equipment that appeared to be used to create false identifications.
The agents also recovered as a small arsenal of weapons and ammunition, including a fully automatic Tec-9, two AR-15 rifles with over 2,000 rounds of ammunition, and an AK-47, according to court documents.
At his court hearing, federal prosecutors successfully argued that Dunmore posed a danger to the community because he was a felon illegally in possession of a host of weapons. Eleven of the guns were unregistered and among the thousands of rounds of ammunition, agents recovered at least 15 high capacity magazines, prosecutors said.
At his Thursday hearing, Rios-Gama was ordered freed on a $10,000 bond, subject to electronic monitoring. He was ordered back to federal court on March 2 for an arraignment.
— City News Service