A driver’s license provides a great deal of freedom for the permit holder, while requiring an enormous amount of responsibility. States won’t issue a license until a driver has passed a series of tests that conclude the bearer is prepared and able to operate a vehicle safely. The Department of Justice shares information in a press release about a case involving several former Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) employees that helped undocumented immigrants to secure DMV documents for which they were not eligible.
The press release states that for nearly three years, a fraud scheme involving three DMV employees helped more than 100 undocumented immigrants to skip the licensing process and obtain DMV documents. (This is exactly the kind of thing that gives hard-working government employees a bad rap.) Two of the former employees solicited cash payments from the ineligible applicants, then personally accompanied them to a DMV location where a third employee falsely verified that the aliens had provided adequate documentation to secure DMV documents such as drivers’ licenses, learners’ permits and identification cards. (That’s a scary thought. Talk about a security breach.)
The woman who approved the ineligible applications pleaded guilty to accepting bribes and faces a maximum sentence of 10 years. The two co-workers also pleaded guilty and each faces a maximum of five years in prison.
These employees were responsible for vetting the applicants, not pocketing money at the expense of others’ personal safety and national security. Thanks to the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Department of Homeland Security, these three former DMV employees were stopped from driving away with fraud. While serving out their sentences, these fraudsters will have time to contemplate the loss of their driving privileges and other freedoms.