Feds Link Immigrant License Fraud Ring to New Mexico

Jun 21, 2012

Five Albuquerque-area residents are named in a federal indictment alleging a multistate scam abusing New Mexico's law that allows illegal immigrants to obtain driver's licenses.

Federal investigators say 30 people from five states were involved in a scheme using false documents to fraudulently obtain New Mexico driver's licenses for illegal immigrants in other states.

New Mexico and Washington are the only states that allow illegal immigrants to obtain the same driver's license as a U.S. citizen, but proof of a local address is required.

The indictment unsealed late Tuesday said the New Mexico residents would help people in South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and Georgia get the licenses.

The homes and businesses of a Rio Rancho man and four Albuquerque residents were raided Tuesday by federal and state authorities.