Owner of Driving School Sentenced for Selling Fraudulent Maryland Identification Documents

Over 100 False MVA Identification Documents Sold for $2,000 Each

May 9, 2008

Greenbelt, Maryland - U.S. District Judge Peter J. Messitte sentenced Valentin Roosevelt Milstein, age 62, of Silver Spring, Maryland today to 21 months in prison followed by two years of supervised release for conspiracy to produce and transfer false identification documents, announced United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein. Judge Messitte also ordered Milstein to forfeit $200,000.

According to his plea agreement, Milstein was the owner of Val’s Driving School located in Wheaton, Maryland. Val’s Driving School offered certified driver instruction courses. Beginning in July 2004, Milstein conspired with others, including Dodson Robey, to produce fraudulent Maryland identification cards. Robey worked at the Beltsville Branch of the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration where he issued driver’s licenses and identification cards.

From July 2004 to April 2005, Milstein met with over 100 prospective MVA identification card applicants at Val’s Driving School, and received $2,000 from each applicant in return for arranging for the applicant to receive unlawfully produced Maryland identification cards from Robey. Milstein gave Robey a portion of the monies he received from the applicants. Robey used his position at MVA to meet with over 100 applicants who wanted to obtain unlawfully produced Maryland identification cards.

Former MVA employee Margentina Esther Pinilla, age 43, of Silver Spring, and Dodson Robey, age 36, of Hyattsville, Maryland pleaded guilty to their participation in the conspiracy and were sentenced to 15 months, and two years, in prison, respectively. Judge Messitte also ordered Robey to pay a $20,000 fine.

United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein thanked U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the Internal Investigations Section of the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration Investigation and Security Services Division for their investigative work. The case originated with information provided by the MVA. Mr. Rosenstein commended Assistant United States Attorneys Harry M. Gruber and Steven Dunne, who prosecuted the case.



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