Former Texas DPS Employee Issued Drivers Licenses To Illegals

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A former employee of the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) has pleaded guilty on federal charges of providing fraudulent Texas Driver Licenses to illegal aliens.

BREITBART:   Jose A. Ytuarte, 54, pleaded guilty in a San Antonio federal court to one count of using an interstate facility in aid of an unlawful activity – bribery. Yturate admitted to accepting bribes in the form of cash payments from a co-conspirator in exchange for inputting “materially fraudulent information” into the DPS computer system, according to a statement from the Department of Justice obtained by Breitbart Texas. He confessed that he would input information that an illegal alien was, in fact, a person born in the United States in order to issue a Texas Driver License. In Texas, illegal aliens cannot obtain a license to drive.

Photo: John Davenport /San Antonio Express-News

Photo: John Davenport /San Antonio Express-News

In October, Ytuarte was charged with six counts as part of the scheme to issue licenses to illegal aliens. The indictments covered a period of more than two years, from May 2013 to July 2015. The indictment revealed that his co-conspirator, Azeez Mistry, a 44-year-old San Antonio man, would allegedly charge the illegal alien between $1,000 and $5,000 for each license. He would then pay a portion of that fee as a bribe to Ytuarte, the indictment stated.

Mistry was also arrested on the charges. He still awaits trial on one charge of transferring false identification documents and four counts of use of an interstate communication facility in aid of unlawful activity. The illegal transactions were scheduled to take place during the lunch hour when other DPS employees were not around. Mistry is currently out of jail on a $25,000 bond.

Ytuarte now faces up to five years in federal prison. He is scheduled for a sentencing hearing on July 13. If Mistry is convicted, he faces up to 15 years in federal prison.

[pullquote align=”full” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””] In a similar case, another former DPS employee, Linda Perez, admitted she took $215,000 in bribes in exchange for issuing at least 144 fraudulent driver’s licenses to undocumented immigrants over three years. Perez worked out of a driver’s license office on South Gen. McMullen Drive in San Antonio, and the DPS discovered the illegal activity last year.     [/pullquote]


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