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A driver’s license is the golden ticket that allows you to prove positive identity, gain employment, operate a vehicle and enjoy other privileges within the United States. A story posted on KMBC.com tells about a Kansas driver’s license examiner who is accused of issuing fake IDs to people who were unable to legally obtain them in exchange for payment.

The story states that the driver’s license examiner allegedly accepted $2,500 for each fake ID that she issued to dozens of people. To date, nearly 40 people have been charged in the bribery case. (It is important to note that the examiner supposedly made up fake ID numbers and did not steal identities to carry out the crime.)

Further research revealed that many of the people arrested in connection with this case were undocumented workers trying to obtain a fake license. (Many undocumented workers are desperate to obtain a driver’s license, and will pay a lot to get one because it opens a lot of doors for them.)

While the coveted golden tickets awarded in a classic movie about a chocolate factory tour brought many surprises to the bearers, so did the unlawful issue of many driver’s licenses in this particular case. (They weren’t counting on getting arrested.) As always, the people charged in this case are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. (It’s up to the judge to determine the outcome, especially for the 28-year-old woman who allegedly issued the fake IDs.)

Source: Today’s ”Fraud of the Day” is based on an article entitled ”Massive Driver’s License Fraud Uncovered at Local DMV” posted on KMBC.com on April 24, 2015.

OLATHE, Kan. —A driver’s license examiner is accused of taking bribes to make driver’s licenses for people who could not legally obtain them.

Johnson County investigators said Samantha Moore, 28, worked at the license office in Mission. She is accused of taking $2,500 each to make licenses for dozens of people.

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Larry Benson
Larry Benson is currently the Director of Strategic Alliances for Revenue Discovery and Recovery at LexisNexis Risk Solutions. In this role, Benson is responsible for developing partnerships for the tax and revenue and child support enforcement verticals. He focuses on embedded companies that have a need for third-party analytics to enhance their current offerings.