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Grand jury indicts three in driver’s license ring
An Albuquerque grand jury indicted three men with 386 counts of fraud, forgery, conspiracy, making false affidavit perjury and altered, forged or fictitious New Mexico driver’s licenses for over 60 Chinese immigrants living in New York, reports the AP.
The three men advertised the scheme in Chinese newspapers in New York, asking for $1,500 per license. They then rented multiple apartments in Albuquerque, fraudulently notarized lease agreements and flew their customers into Albuquerque. Upon obtaining a driver’s permit, their driver’s licenses were forwarded to them in New York.
MVD has since canceled the licenses.
Gov. Susana Martinez seized upon the indictment as part of her push to ban driver’s licenses for all foreign nationals, even those legally residing in New Mexico:
“We have long known of fraud and abuse in our driver’s license system and these latest indictments make it clear that we must address the problem,” said Governor Martinez. “We are attracting criminals to our state who exploit our driver’s license policy and threaten the safety and security of all New Mexicans. I applaud the hard work that went into cracking down on this particular fraud ring, but that is only a stopgap measure until we repeal the law that invites this criminal activity once and for all.”