Boston – A Dominican man was in court today for his alleged involvement in the identity theft and public corruption investigation related the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles.
Leonardo Burgos Espinal, 42, most recently residing in Springfield, has been charged by criminal complaint with bribing an employee of the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles in connection with a scheme to issue Massachusetts driver’s licenses to individuals who presented fraudulently obtained, but valid, Puerto Rican identification documents. It is alleged that this scheme took place between January 2011 and June 2012. This case is the most recent development in investigations involving identity theft and public corruption relating to the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles.
Burgos Espinal had his initial appearance today and remains in federal custody.
United States Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz; Bruce M. Foucart, Special Agent in Charge Homeland Security Investigations in Boston; Colonel Timothy P. Alben, Superintendent of the Massachusetts States Police; David W. Hall, Special Agent in Charge of the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Diplomatic Security, Boston Field Office; and Cheryl Garcia, Acting Special Agent in Charge of the U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Inspector General, New York Regional Office, made the announcement today. The case is being prosecuted by Eugenia M. Carris of Ortiz’s Public Corruption Unit.
The details contained in the complaint are allegations. The defendant is presumed to be innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.