NJ STATE POLICE ARREST MOTOR VEHICLE COMMISSION EMPLOYEES ALONG WITH THREE OTHERS
Atlantic City, N.J. - Troopers from the New Jersey State Police Auto Unit – Document Fraud Squad, and police officers from the Egg Harbor Township Police Department, arrested five people who allegedly brokered deals to allow individuals to receive a New Jersey Digital Driver’s License, without the proper documentation. The brokers would bring their clients to the Cardiff Agency in Atlantic County, where they would secure a NJ Digital Driver’s License bypassing the mandatory identification requirements.
Charging upwards of $7,000.00 per license, the brokers would provide their clients with an avenue to receive a NJ Digital Driver’s License. The avenue came in the form of two Motor Vehicle Commission clerks at the Cardiff Agency in Atlantic County. The clerks would disregard the strict laws demanding proper identification and issue the clients a NJ driver’s license.
The brokers, Samuel Pelaez-Garcia, Luis Matos and Mauricio Baquero, along with two Motor Vehicle Commission employees, Lynette Daniel-Peterson and Rosiland Magee, were arrested, charged and lodged in the Atlantic County Jail in default of $2,000.00 cash bail.
The investigation into the group’s activities began in April 2007 and they have been providing NJ Digital Driver’s Licenses for the last year and a half.
“This type of illegal activity compromises the safety of the people of New Jersey,” said Colonel Rick Fuentes. “Document fraud is often the gateway to other criminal activities, and enforcement at this level can have a national impact,” he added.
With full cooperation and assistance from the Egg Harbor Township Police Department and the Motor Vehicle Commission, the New Jersey State Police was able to disable this illegal enterprise. The investigation was conducted by Detective I M. LaRosa, New Jersey State Police, Detective Gary Rzemyk and Detective Heather Stumpf, Egg Harbor Township Police Department.
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