Wednesday, July 13, 2005

Virgnia DMV official arrested for selling ID's to illegals

Speaking of jail sentences and criminals, this note this morning in the Washington Times is interesting.

::::::::A Virginia man who worked as a manager at a Department of Motor Vehicles office at Springfield Mall and his wife, a former DMV clerk, were arrested yesterday by federal agents on charges of selling valid driver's licenses for as much as $3,500 each -- mostly to illegal aliens.

U.S. Attorney Paul J. McNulty said Francisco J. Martinez, 57, and his wife, Miriam, 56, both of Stafford, Va., have been charged with conspiracy to commit identification fraud and conspiracy to produce Virginia driver's licenses by fraud, both felonies.

If convicted, they could get 15 years in prison and fines totaling $250,000.

Also arrested was Daniel Jose Guardia Lopez, 25, of Alexandria, a Bolivian national whom law-enforcement authorities identified as being in the United States illegally.

We need to see much more of this. People here illegally should not be getting drivers' licenses and employees within the system who are letting them get around the law should be feeling the full brunt of the law enforcement system.