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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Maryland

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Former MVA Employee Sentenced to 18 Months in Prison

Issued at Least 120 Fraudulent Duplicate Vehicle Titles and Seven Fraudulent Driver’s Licenses

Greenbelt, Maryland – U.S. District Judge Paul W. Grimm sentenced Traci Lynette Cure, age 46, of Silver Spring, Maryland today to 18 months in prison followed by a year of supervised release for conspiracy in connection with issuing fraudulent driver’s licenses and duplicate vehicle titles.

The sentence was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein; Acting Special Agent in Charge Ivan Arvelo of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI); and Milton Chaffee, Administrator of the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration - Investigation and Security Services Division. 

Cure worked at the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration in Upper Marlboro, Maryland beginning in 1997, and served as a customer agent/lead worker from 2007 until September 4, 2013.

According to her plea agreement, from November 2011 to August 2013, a co-conspirator paid Cure at least $5,500 to issue fraudulent driver’s licenses for the co-conspirator and others, and fraudulent duplicate vehicle titles.  Cure received approximately $40 for each of at least 120 duplicate vehicle titles she fraudulently produced, and $100 for each of at least seven driver’s licenses she fraudulently issued.  Cure produced driver’s licenses bearing the photos of the co-conspirator and others, and the names of real people, including victims who were citizens of Colombia and Puerto Rico.

United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein praised HSI Baltimore and MVA - Investigation and Security Services Division for their work in the investigation.  Mr. Rosenstein thanked Assistant U.S. Attorney Nicolas A. Mitchell, who prosecuted the case.

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Public Corruption
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Updated May 12, 2015