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Former Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles Employee Indicted on Federal Bribery Charges

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 10, 2002

Las Vegas, Nev. - Daniel G. Bogden, United States Attorney for the District of Nevada, Ellen B. Knowlton, Special Agent-in-Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) for Nevada, Wade Walters, Resident Agent-in-Charge of the United States Social Security Administration, Office of the Inspector General (SSA-OIG), Phil Brown, Acting Chief for the State of Nevada Department of Public Safety Division of Investigation (NDPS); Ginny Lewis, Director of the State of Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV); and Jerry Keller, Clark County Sheriff, announce that DALVA FLAGG, age 48, of Las Vegas, Nevada, was indicted by a federal grand jury in Las Vegas on December 10, 2002, and charged with 12 counts of Conspiracy, Bribery, Conspiracy to Interfere with Commerce by Extortion Under Color of Official Right, Interference with Commerce by Extortion Under Color of Official Right, and Unlawful Use of Social Security Numbers.

According to the court records, FLAGG, a former employee of the State of Nevada DMV in Las Vegas, was arrested on December 5, 2002, after a 10-month joint investigation by the above agencies into allegations of corruption within the Department. Investigators received information that DMV employees were involved in the fraudulent sale of State of Nevada driver's licenses, instructional permits, identification cards, and vehicle registrations. The documents were sold primarily to undocumented aliens. It is unlawful for undocumented aliens who are not lawfully present in the United States or lawfully authorized to work in the United States to be issued State of Nevada driver's licenses or identification cards. The indictment alleges that from approximately February 2002 through May 31, 2002, a bribery scheme occurred in which co-conspirators provided FLAGG envelopes containing United States currency in exchange for the Nevada identification documents. The documents were sold for a minimum of $1,000 apiece during the time frame described in the indictment.

If convicted, FLAGG is facing up to five years imprisonment on the Conspiracy and Unlawful Use of Social Security Number counts; up to 10 years imprisonment on the Bribery count; and up to 20 years imprisonment on the Conspiracy to Interfere with Commerce counts. FLAGG may also be ordered to pay up to $250,000 in fines for each count. The actual sentence, however, will be dictated by the United States Sentencing Guidelines, which take into account a number of factors, and will be imposed at the discretion of the Court.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Howard Zlotnick.

The public is reminded that an indictment contains only charges and is not evidence of guilt. The defendant is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial at which the government has the burden of proving guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

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