Former Nevada Dmv Employee Pleads Guilty to Federal Bribery Charge for Selling over 200 Driver's Licenses to Illegal Aliens
Las Vegas, Nev. – A former Nevada DMV clerk has pleaded guilty to a federal bribery charge for accepting thousands of dollars to provide driver's licenses to illegal aliens who were not entitled to them, announced Daniel G. Bogden, United States Attorney for the District of Nevada.
Nancy Brown, 28, of Las Vegas, pleaded guilty on Tuesday, December 6, 2011, to one count of federal program bribery, and is scheduled to be sentenced by U.S. District Judge Philip M. Pro on March 6, 2012, at 10:30 a.m. Brown faces up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
"Public corruption, including bribery of public employees, has multiple negative consequences on a community," said U.S. Attorney Bogden. "We will continue to work in conjunction with local and state authorities to prosecute and send to prison persons who commit these types of crimes."
According to the plea agreement, Brown was employed as a front-line clerk at the Nevada DMV on E. Sahara Avenue, in Las Vegas. Brown's duties included processing applications for driver's licenses. From about February 2010 to April 30, 2011, Brown corruptly received cash bribes from individuals who were unlawfully in the United States, in exchange for issuing authentic Nevada driver's licenses to them. Brown used third parties to recruit individuals, and in most instances, the customers paid the bribe to the third party, who in turn paid Brown. Brown's customers were instructed to sit in the lobby close to her window, from which she would motion them when she was ready. The customers did not provide or produce any identifying documents. The plea agreement states that Brown unlawfully issued approximately 214 licenses to persons who were unlawfully in the United States, and charged $1,500 to $3,000 for each driver's license she sold. Brown admitted that she personally accepted bribes of more than $70,000 but less than $120,000.
This case was investigated by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations and the Nevada DMV, and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Nicholas Dickinson.