A federal judge in Chicago has agreed to delay sentencing of three men in one of the largest counterfeit-documentation schemes of its kind.
The Chicago-based operation generated about $3 million in annual sales of fake Social Security cards, driver's licenses and other documents. It also involved a murder in Mexico.
Julio Leija-Sanchez, Manuel Leija-Sanchez and Gerardo Salazar-Rodriguez each face a mandatory life sentence. But Judge Rebecca Pallmeyer agreed to delay the sentencing hearing scheduled for Friday after receiving word of a related investigation in Mexico.
Prosecutors say Salazar-Rodriguez carried out the murder of an up-and-coming rival in Mexico City.
Jurors convicted the men of multiple charges last year.
Sentencing is now set for Feb. 7.