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JULY 12, 2007
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CONSPIRATOR SENTENCED IN SCHEME TO OBTAIN AND SELL DRIVER’S LICENSES TO ILLEGAL ALIENS
Greenbelt, Maryland - U.S. District Judge Roger W. Titus sentenced Henry Geovanni Romero-Nunez, age 28, of New Brunswick, New Jersey, to 17 months in prison today followed by two years of supervised release for conspiracy to produce and transfer unlawfully produced Maryland driver’s licenses issued by the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration (MVA), announced United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein.
According to the plea agreement, Romero-Nunez met with prospective driver’s license applicants during 2006 who were willing to pay money to obtain a driver’s license illegally. Many of the applicants were illegal aliens seeking government identification documents.
Applicants paid Romero-Nunez and other conspirators up to $3,800 for each fraudulently issued Maryland driver’s license. Romero-Nunez and other conspirators arranged for the applicants to travel to the Beltsville branch of the MVA and directed the applicants to the workstation of Candace Nicole Green, who fraudulently approved the issuance of Maryland driver’s licenses. Ana Maria Lorena Creque paid Green approximately $1,300 for each unlawfully produced license. Romero-Nunez admitted that he was responsible for the production and transfer of up to 25 illegally produced Maryland driver’s licenses.
On September 16, 2006, Romero-Nunez met with four applicants who paid him to obtain a driver’s license illegally. One of the applicants was cooperating with law enforcement agents. Romero-Nunez took the applicants to the Beltsville branch of the MVA and a co-conspirator directed them to Green’s workstation to obtain the unlawfully produced driver’s licenses. Agents arrested Romero-Nunez after he left the MVA office, and seized approximately $22,200.
Creque, age 46, of Adelphi, Maryland, and Green, age 35, of Landover, Maryland, previously pleaded guilty to conspiracy to produce and sell unlawfully produced Maryland driver’s licenses. Each faces a maximum sentence of 15 years at their sentencing on November 5, 2007.
United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein commended the Internal Investigations Section of the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration Investigation and Security Services Division and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement for their investigative work. The case originated with information provided by the MVA. Mr. Rosenstein thanked Assistant U.S. Attorney Steve Dunne, who is prosecuting the case.