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Division of Criminal Justice
John R. Hagerty (609) 984-1936

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
March 29, 2006


 
 
MOTOR VEHICLE COMMISSION EMPLOYEES CHARGED WITH SELLING DRIVER'S LICENSES & OFFICIAL DOCUMENTS TO UNAUTHORIZED PERSONS

Division of Criminal Justice, State Police & MVC Continue To Target
Document Fraud & Official Misconduct

(Trenton) - Attorney General Zulima V. Farber today announced that two suspended Motor Vehicle Commission (MVC) clerks employed at the Trenton Regional Service Center have been charged via state grand jury indictments with selling driver’s licenses and other official documents to unauthorized persons.

Attorney General Farber noted that separate indictments charge the two defendants with official misconduct, forgery, identity theft, tampering with public records and related crimes. The indictments charge that the suspended clerks issued New Jersey driver's licenses and other official documents to themselves and to individuals who paid up to five hundred dollars per license and who were not required to provide the MVC with any of the required identification to demonstrate their legal authority to obtain a license.

"This investigation and prosecution uncovered instances where the illegally obtained driver's licenses were used as identification to cash stolen checks in the Trenton area," said Attorney General Farber. "We will continue to aggressively investigate such crimes and prosecute the individuals involved to the full extent of the law."

"MVC has zero tolerance for employees who do not live up to security and safety standards, and for those who attempt to receive fraudulent documents," MVC Chief Administrator Sharon Harrington said. "Together, we will continue to stop document fraud where it starts."

Division of Criminal Justice Director Gregory A. Paw said a 31-count state grand jury indictment charged Tyrone G. Baxter (a/k/a Tymeek Baxter), 39, Zwolak Court, South Plainfield, Middlesex County, with multiple counts of official misconduct, bribery, forgery, tampering with public records or information, falsifying records, attempted theft by deception, and identity theft.

A separate indictment charged Betty Jean Dunkins, 42, Rutherford Avenue, Trenton, Mercer County, with official misconduct, forgery, tampering with public records or information and falsifying records. Both Baxter and Dunkins were suspended without pay from MVC employment pending state grand jury indictment on the charges.

Director Paw said the indictment alleges that Baxter, while employed at the Trenton Regional Service Center, used his position to create fraudulent driver's licenses and other official documents using personal identification information of existing people from the MVC database. The indictment charged that Baxter provided at least 20 fraudulent driver's licenses to individuals who paid between $300 and $500 per document.

The indictment also charges that Baxter prepared fraudulent driver's licenses and non-photo identification for various fictitious identities, including Tymeek Baxter and Tymaik Baxter. Baxter also allegedly prepared fraudulent title and registration documents for his 1989 Plymouth vehicle. A separate indictment charged Dunkins with assisting Baxter to produce fraudulent MVC documents.

"Efforts to investigate and prosecute document fraud focus on illegally obtained and/or fraudulent driver's licenses, vehicle registrations, insurance cards, driver permits and related identification documents such as U.S. passports, social security cards, birth certificates, county ID cards and other official documents," Director Paw said. "Renewed vigilance and investigation will serve to uncover areas of susceptibility. The Division of Criminal Justice will vigorously prosecute anyone involved in the black market trade of illegitimate identification documents."

The indictments were handed-up to Mercer County Superior Court Judge Linda R. Feinberg on March 27. The defendants will be issued with a notice to appear in Mercer County Superior Court for arraignment and bail.

The investigation was conducted by DSG Anthony Martin, Tpr. Lawrence Williams and Tpr. William Carpenter assigned to the New Jersey State Police Auto Unit - Document Fraud Squad. Deputy Attorney General Philip Aronow of the Division of Criminal Justice - Organized Crime and Racketeering Bureau coordinated the prosecution. Additional investigative assistance was provided by the MVC Internal Investigations Unit, state investigators assigned to the Division of Criminal Justice - Organized Crime and Racketeering Bureau and the Trenton Police Department.

The defendants are presumed innocent of the charges unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.

The indictments are available via the Division of Criminal Justice web page at www.njdcj.org.

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