By MURRAY WEISS and PHILIP MESSING, NY Post
Cops have busted a Queens phony-green-card ring that preyed on Mexican immigrants - and which was detailed in a Post exposé last year.
About 40 people were nailed over the weekend for operating the illicit business along Roosevelt Avenue in Jackson Heights, authorities said.
The investigation, run by the NYPD and State Police, was kick-started by a story by Post reporter Douglas Montero, who went undercover in the summer of 2006 to show how easy it is to obtain false documents in the city, sources said.
"Doug's story is very responsible for this," one source said.
Montero, in his investigation, bought a phony green card and Social Security cards for $110.
Among those busted was the ringleader, who, along with the others, was indicted by the Queens DA's Office. The indictment is to be unsealed today.
In other illegal immigrant news:
An overwhelming 72 percent of New Yorkers - including 59 percent of Democrats - oppose Gov. Spitzer's plan to allow illegal aliens to obtain driver's licenses, a new poll shows.
POLL: PLAN UNSAFE AT ANY SPEED