Former DMV Employee Sentenced for Accepting Bribes
Madison, Wis. - John W. Vaudreuil, United States Attorney for the Western District of Wisconsin, announced that former Wisconsin Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) employee, Khue Xiong, 36, Stevens Point, Wis., was sentenced yesterday by U.S. District Judge William Conley to three years in federal prison for accepting bribes to illegally produce Wisconsin driver's licenses to individuals who could not obtain licenses by lawful means because they were in the country illegally.
Xiong worked at the Stevens Point, Wisconsin branch of the DMV until July 22, 2010, when he was fired following an investigation during which he revealed that he had produced approximately 70 driver's licenses for ineligible individuals. Xiong pleaded guilty to federal bribery charges on June 8, 2011.
Xiong was one of six individuals charged in a twelve-count indictment unsealed on February 10, 2011. The indictment alleged that all six individuals were part of a conspiracy to unlawfully produce and transfer these licenses to individuals, who paid as much as $2,000 each. Eric Silva, 38, Stevens Point, was sentenced to 18 months in prison on August 19, 2011. He pleaded guilty on May 31, 2011, to paying cash bribes.
Sebastian Cortes Vieryra, 29, Madison, Wis., was sentenced on July 15, 2011 to five months in jail for his role in producing and transferring a Wisconsin driver's license that was produced without lawful authority. Cortes Vieryra pleaded guilty to the charge on May 18, 2011.
Ricardo Gonzales De Arcos, 26, Marshfield, Wis., was found guilty on June 21, 2011 of three charges related to his participation in the conspiracy, following a two-day jury trial in federal court. His sentencing is set for September 7, 2011.
Benito A. Saldana, 28, formerly of Jefferson, Wis., failed to appear for arraignment on March 10, 2011 and remains a fugitive. Rolando Lima, 36, formerly of Appleton, Wis., also remains a fugitive.
The charges against Xiong are the result of an investigation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Office of Homeland Security Investigations and the Wisconsin Department of Justice, Division of Criminal Investigation, with the assistance of the Wisconsin Department of Transportation. The prosecution of this matter has been handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney Meredith P. Duchemin.
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