United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner
Eastern District of California
Stockton Man Pleads Guilty To Conspiring To Fraudulently Issue California Driver Licenses
|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE||
Monday, July 9, 2012
Docket #: 1:11-cr-00274 LJO
FRESNO, Calif. — Jesus Dominguez Martinez, 39, of Stockton, pleaded guilty today to conspiring to unlawfully produce genuine, but fraudulently issued, California driver’s licenses, United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced.
According to court documents, Martinez assisted two individuals to fraudulently obtain their Class C California driver’s licenses. He passed the individuals’ application information and a cash payment to his co-conspirators who then passed it to a DMV employee. The DMV employee altered the license applications to incorrectly reflect that the applicants had taken and passed all required DMV driving tests.
Martinez is scheduled to be sentenced by United States District Judge Lawrence J. O’Neill on October 1, 2012 at 8:30 a.m. The maximum statutory penalty for conspiracy to unlawfully produce and transfer identification documents is five years in prison. The actual sentence, however, will be determined at the discretion of the court after consideration of any applicable statutory factors and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, which take into account a number of variables.
Charges are pending against the DMV employee, co-defendant Alfonso Casarez, and seven other co-defendants. Casarez’s next court date is July 23, 2012. The charges are only allegations and the defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.
This case is the product of an investigation by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and the California Department of Motor Vehicles, Investigations Division, Office of Internal Affairs. Assistant United States Attorneys Henry Z. Carbajal III and Grant B. Rabenn are prosecuting the case.