Thursday, August 17, 2006

Illegal? No Problem!!

THIS will not help Voces de la Frontera's propaganda:

A state Division of Motor Vehicles employee issued 38 fraudulent permits, licenses or identification cards, according to a criminal complaint filed Tuesday in Dane County.

Vicente A. Rea, 35, of Madison faces 38 counts of misconduct in office, charges that carry a maximum sentence of 133 years in prison and a $38,000 fine. Rea has not entered a plea in the case, according to online court records. He posted a $1,900 bail on Tuesday.

Another DMV employee, Martha Patricia Cervantes, was arrested last week on suspicion of similar activities. No charges have been issued in Cervantes' case, which is being handled by U.S. Attorney Erik C. Peterson.

Rea and Cervantes worked from separate offices in Madison and are not believed to have worked in concert with one another, according to Gary Guenther, the DMV's field services director. Both have been suspended without pay.

The criminal complaint does not say why people sought the fake IDs, but Guenther said the cards appeared to go to illegal immigrants. The state has canceled all 38 cards issued by Rea, as well as 40 cards issued by Cervantes, he said.

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