This is happening with way too much frequency. We need a federal law to cover these crimes and it needs to deal out more severe penalties. I would have no mercy for people who sell out the security of their fellow citizens to satisfy their greed.
A Virginia man who worked as a manager at a Department of Motor Vehicles office at Springfield Mall and his wife, a former DMV clerk, were arrested yesterday by federal agents on charges of selling valid driver's licenses for as much as $3,500 each -- mostly to illegal aliens.
U.S. Attorney Paul J. McNulty said Francisco J. Martinez, 57, and his wife, Miriam, 56, both of Stafford, Va., have been charged with conspiracy to commit identification fraud and conspiracy to produce Virginia driver's licenses by fraud, both felonies.
If convicted, they could get 15 years in prison and fines totaling $250,000.
Also arrested was Daniel Jose Guardia Lopez, 25, of Alexandria, a Bolivian national whom law-enforcement authorities identified as being in the United States illegally.
"The integrity of state driver's licenses is critical to our commerce, as well as our national security," Mr. McNulty said. "By arresting Frank and Miriam Martinez, we have eliminated a source of fraudulent driver's licenses for criminals who want to conceal their true identity and others who are not qualified to legitimately obtain a Virginia driver's license."
The Virginia DMV has sought in the past three years to toughen regulations for driver's licenses to close loopholes that let seven of the 19 September 11 hijackers get valid licenses and state identification cards in Virginia.
From The Washington Times