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Former Penndot Employee Charged with Issuing Illegal Licenses and Bribery

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of Pennsylvania

A federal indictment was unsealed today charging Henry Gibbs and Bakary Camara with conspiracy, bribery and other charges, announced Acting United States Attorney Louis D. Lappen

According to allegations contained in the indictment, Gibbs, a former driver’s license examiner with the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (“PennDOT”), accepted cash payments in exchange for the issuance of driver’s licenses to others, including foreign nationals, who failed to take the required tests and to provide acceptable proof of residency. Gibbs accepted falsified documents to establish proof of residence, including utility bills, cellular telephone bills and insurance documents as well as tax letters containing identifying information for other people. Camara provided Gibbs the names, dates of birth, driver’s license numbers and/or social security numbers for the driver’s license recipients and paid Gibbs cash to improperly issue both non-commercial and commercial driver’s licenses

Gibbs and Camara are charged with conspiracy to produce identification documents without lawful authority and bribery concerning agencies receiving federal funds. The charge of conspiracy carries a maximum sentence of 15 years in prison and a $250,000 fine; and the charges of bribery concerning agencies receiving federal funds carry a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

Gibbs is also charged with false statements to government agents, which carries a maximum sentence of 5 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Additionally, Camara is charged with aiding and abetting social security fraud and aggravated identity theft, which carry a maximum sentence of 5 years’ imprisonment and a $250,000 fine. He also faces a 2-year mandatory minimum term of imprisonment that must run consecutive to any other sentence for the aggravated identity theft charge.

An Indictment, Information or Criminal Complaint is an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

The case was investigated by the Department of Homeland Security and the Social Security Administration, Office of Inspector General. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Tomika N.S. Patterson of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

Updated August 30, 2017