Hung Jury Declared In NM Driver's License Case

May 8, 2013

Credit New Mexico Dept of Taxation and Revenue

Jurors were not able to reach a verdict in the case of a man accused in a driver's license scam that involved Chinese foreign nationals who were in the U.S. illegally.

The Albuquerque Journal reports (http://bit.ly/16eUgY9) that a hung jury was declared Tuesday in the case of 24-year-old Gordon Leong. Jurors began deliberations Friday.

Leong faced 110 felony counts in connection with a scheme that involved securing New Mexico driver's licenses for more than 60 people.

Prosecutors had accused Leong and others of running newspaper advertisements in Chinese newspapers in New York, promising New Mexico driver's licenses for $1,500 each.

The New Mexico Motor Vehicle Division cancelled all the driver's licenses issued in this case after the arrest of Leong and three of his alleged customers, who prosecutors say flew into New Mexico to pick up their licenses.