A St. Joseph woman who admitted being a leader of a scheme that allowed thousands of immigrants to remain illegally in the United States was sentenced Wednesday to five years and five months in federal prison without parole.
Sherri E. Gutierrez, 46, was part of a conspiracy that used the Missouri Department of Revenue office in St. Joseph to provide more than 3,500 fraudulent identity documents to residents across the country who were here illegally. Her daughter, Shayna R. Vanvacter, 27, also of St. Joseph, was sentenced to two years.
Four others also were sentenced this week.
Prosecutors estimated the conspirators took in more than $5.2 million selling the documents. Sixteen defendants have been sentenced, and two others have pleaded guilty.