Four Registry of Motor Vehicle (RMV) clerks and two co-conspirators have been arrested and charged with aggravated identity theft for selling fake IDs to illegal immigrants in exchange for cash.
According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, the RMV workers are accused of selling and supplying authentic RMV documents – licenses and identification cards – to illegal immigrants in Boston, some of whom had histories of being deported.
“The clerks also accepted cash to use the RMV’s system to run queries, including Social Security number audits, to confirm that the identities the clients were stealing actually belonged to verifiable individuals,” the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.
The illegal operation was initially brought to the attention of law enforcement in October of 2015 when Massachusetts State Police received an anonymous letter stating that a “corrupt RMV employee” was supplying stolen identifications and drivers’ license to illegal immigrants, according to the Justice Department.
The following six individuals who were arrested on August 2 in connection with the phony document scheme: Evelyn Medina, 56, of Boston; Annette Gracia, 37, of Boston; Kimberly Jordan, 33, of Randolph; David Brimage, 46, of Boston; Bivian Yohanny Brea, 41, of Boston; and a 32-year-old man identified as under several aliases including “Flako.”
Flako is reportedly an illegal immigrant from the Dominican Republic and possessed a fake green card at the time of his arrest. The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement currently has a detainer on him.
Of those arrested, Medina, Gracia, Jordan, and Brimage worked as clerks at the Haymarket Registry of Motor Vehicles location, while Brea and Flako conspired with the clerks to carry out the complex operation.
“An investigation revealed that several Haymarket RMV clerks – Medina, Gracia, Jordan, and Brimage – were allegedly working with Brea, who acted as the document vendor, and Flako, who acted as the document dealer, to provide licenses and identification cards to illegal aliens for cash,” the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.
Prosecutors state that clients targeted in the fake ID scheme included people living in the U.S. illegally, individuals who had been previously deported, and one individual who admitted to previous drug charges.
According to the DOJ, the scheme involved a series of transactions. First, Flako allegedly sold a Puerto Rican birth certificate and U.S. Social Security card to Brea, the document vendor, for an estimated $900. Brea then turned around and sold the fraudulent IDs to illegal immigrants seeking residence in Massachusetts for over $2,000. In some cases, she also used the counterfeit documents and false addresses to fraudulently register the clients to vote in Boston.
In the final step, “Brea and the client brought the stolen identities to the Haymarket RMV, where Medina, Gracia, Jordan, and/or Brimage would accept cash to illegally issue authentic RMV documents, including Massachusetts licenses and ID cards,” says the court document. “The clerks also accepted cash to use the RMV’s system to run queries, including Social Security number audits, to confirm that the identities the clients were stealing actually belonged to verifiable individuals.”
The four accused RMV employees were immediately placed on administrative leave without pay as a full investigation into the case is being carried out.
Erin Deveney, the registrar of the RMV, issued this statement about the ongoing criminal investigation: “The RMV finds the alleged criminal and fraudulent actions of these individuals to be troubling and intolerable and has also taken immediate steps to suspend the credentials allegedly fraudulently obtained as part of this enterprise.”
All six individuals appeared at Boston’s federal courthouse Wednesday afternoon and could face a minimum of two years in prison.
— U.S. Attorney MA (@DMAnews1) August 2, 2017
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