Federal investigators say the minister had a sideline- forgery.
Ariel Ruiz, pastor of Syracuse’s Iglesia Nueva Esperanza Bautista (New Hope Baptist Church), was “stung’ by an undercover agent’s order for fake green cards and Social Security cards.
Reverend Ruiz was arrested when he delivered the goods in the western New York community of Batavia. Investigators say Ruiz invited customers to mail their pictures and orders for faked documents to his church. He’s due to appear before a federal judge for a hearing next week.