New York, May 1, 1903 - Three Italians were arraigned before United States Commissioner Shields in the federal building today, whom the Secret Service agent say are leader in a plot to forge thousands of naturalization papers, including the United States Seal, the signature of Commissioner Alexander and the naturalization certificate itself.
The prisoners are Roberto Bunaro, foreman of laborers; Rocco Figuelo, printer, and Giuseppe Caparolli, a foreman in the department of sewers. According to the Secret Service men, Bunaro financed the conspiracy. A small printing establishment in Hoboken was purchased and run in Figuelo's name. The plates were made there and forgeries committed. The establishment was then moved to New York and the certificates circulated.
The Secret Service men say certificates have been sold at from $3 to $100 each to Italians and that at least 1,000 have been issued. Commissioner Shields held Bunaro in $10,000 bail and Figuelo and Caparolli in 15,000 each to await the action of the grand Jury. Five additional arrests were made tonight, all the men being charged with complicity in the plot.
Omaha Daily Bee, May 20, 1903