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Former Notary Public Sentenced for Bribing County Clerks

November 5, 2010

Memphis, TN - Maureen Bowers was sentenced to 24 months incarceration by United States District Judge Jon Phipps McCalla for her role in bribing county clerks to issue automobile license tags announced Edward L. Stanton, III, United States Attorney for the Western District of Tennessee; Larry Godwin, Director, Memphis Police Department; Raymond R. Parmer, Jr, Special Agent in Charge, Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement; and Amy Hess, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Bowers, a Tennessee notary public, plead guilty to one count of mail fraud and one count of harboring illegal aliens on July 21, 2009. The information alleged that Bowers operated a business that assisted illegal aliens to obtain license tags for automobiles. Bowers prepared false and fraudulent documents and paid bribes to employees of the Shelby County Clerk’s Office to ignore obvious defects in the documents.

Mr. Stanton stated, “Public corruption is a serious matter that tears and stains the fabric of our community. This office will continue to vigorously pursue all allegations of public corruption.”

Director Godwin stated, "We have an obligation to our great citizens to uphold the law on all levels. Elected officials and those as public servants have an obligation to serve with honor and to be held accountable. This is another example of our organizational collaboration among local state and federal agencies."

"The illegal facilitation of legitimate documents is a serious issue that poses a threat to our homeland security,” said Raymond Parmer, Special Agent in Charge of the ICE Office of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) in New Orleans. "This investigation demonstrates to individuals who think that they can commit such acts without repercussions, our commitment to ensure the integrity of our governmental systems and constant vigilance to our national security."

Special Agent in Charge Amy Hess stated, “When one abuses their position of public trust and takes advantage of the system for personal gain, especially when those actions aid others in circumventing the law, the FBI will work with our law enforcement partners to ensure they are held accountable for their crimes.”

Mr. Stanton also commended Memphis Police Department Detective Mark Jordan for his dedication and exemplary work in uncovering and investigating this case. Detective Jordan worked for several months employing cooperating witnesses to uncover pervasive corruption at the Shelby County Clerk’s Office. He then joined forces with the FBI, ICE, the Shelby County District Attorney’s Office and the United States Attorney’s Office to prosecute these cases. Mr. Stanton also commended FBI Special Agent Robert Reich and ICE Special Agent Scott Partin for the excellent and dedicated work on a complicated and sensitive investigation. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys John Fabian and Steve Parker.

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