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September 25, 2006
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
MVA EMPLOYEE AND FOUR CO-CONSPIRATORS INDICTED FOR SELLING FRAUDULENT DRIVER’S LICENSES
Over 150 Fraudulent Maryland Driver’s Licenses
Sold For $2,500 to $3,800 Each
Greenbelt, Maryland - A federal grand jury has indicted Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration (MVA) employee Candace Nicole Green, age 34, of Landover, Maryland; Ana Maria Lorena Creque, age 45, of Adelphi, Maryland; Hector David Elvir-Hernandez, age 27, of Beltsville, Maryland; Henry Geovanni Romero-Nunez, age 28, of New Brunswick, New Jersey; and Dennys Tome-Henriquez, age 27, of New Brunswick, New Jersey, for conspiring to produce and sell, and selling, unlawfully produced Maryland driver’s licenses and identification cards issued by the MVA, announced United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein. The indictment was returned on September 25, 2006, and unsealed today upon the arrest of all the defendants.
According to the three-count indictment, from January 2005 to September 16, 2006, the defendants conspired to produce and transfer more than 150 unlawfully produced identification documents. Green was employed at the MVA office in Beltsville, where she issued Maryland drivers’ licenses and identification cards. Creque worked for a car dealership in Beltsville where she met Green in the course of her duties preparing paperwork for automobile titles.
The indictment alleges that Creque, Elvir-Hernandez, Romero-Nunez and Tome-Henriquez met with prospective driver’s license applicants at locations near the Beltsville branch of the MVA. Applicants would pay Creque, Elvir-Hernandez, Romero-Nunez and Tome-Henriquez approximately $2,500 to $3,800 per driver’s license for making arrangements for the applicants to receive the unlawfully produced identification documents, including driving the applicants to the Beltsville MVA branch. The applicants were directed to Green’s workstation at the Beltsville MVA, where Green would produce and transfer the unlawfully produced Maryland driver’s licenses and Identification Cards to the applicants. According to the indictment, Creque would provide approximately $1,300 to Green for each fraudulently issued identification document.
The indictment seeks forfeiture of $200,000 from the defendants.
The defendants face a maximum penalty of 15 years imprisonment, followed by 3 years of supervised release, and a $250,000 fine.
An indictment is not a finding of guilt. An individual charged by indictment is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty at some later criminal proceedings.
United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein commended the investigative work performed by the Internal Investigations Section of the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration Investigation and Security Services Division, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and the United States Attorney’s Office. The case originated with information provided by the MVA. Mr. Rosenstein thanked Assistant U.S. Attorney Steve Dunne, who is prosecuting the case.
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