Former MVA Employee Indicted for Conspiracy to Illegally Produce and Transfer Maryland Driver’s Licenses and Identification Cards

January 8, 2009

Baltimore, Maryland - A federal grand jury indicted Tenisha Byrd, age 25, of Edgewood, Maryland, today on charges of conspiracy to illegally produce and transfer Maryland driver’s licenses and identifications cards, announced United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein.

According to the four-count indictment, Byrd was an employee at the Glen Burnie branch of the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration and her duties included the issuance of Maryland driver’s licenses and Maryland identification cards. The indictment alleges that from September 2005 through April 2006 Byrd received money and services in return for arranging to illegally produce and transfer multiple Maryland identification cards and Maryland driver’s licenses. The indictment alleges that Byrd and other conspirators contacted prospective MVA identification document applicants by telephone, then met with them at the Glen Burnie branch of the MVA in order to produce and transfer the fraudulent identification cards and driver’s licenses.

Byrd faces a maximum sentence of 15 years in prison for illegally producing and transferring Maryland driver’s licenses and identification cards, and a maximum of five years on the conspiracy charge. No court appearance has been scheduled.

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 thanked U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration - Investigation and Security Services Division for their investigative work. Mr. Rosenstein commended Assistant United States Attorneys Harry M. Gruber and Kwame J. Manley, who are prosecuting the case.



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