A California Department of Motor Vehicles employee faces identity theft charges. Authorities accused the Sacramento woman of using DMV records to fabricate identities.
According to police, the woman used information in DMV records to open bank accounts and obtain lines of credit. Investigators say the woman obtained nearly $20,000 in credit from Wells Fargo Bank.
In addition, federal authorities have charged the woman’s live-in companion in connection with the scheme. Investigators say the pair used DMV records and stolen mail to target victims.
With her accomplice’s help, the woman used DMV records to research victims. The DMV computer system tracks user activity, so investigators were able to link the woman to illicit record searches. The defendants each face 18 federal counts of aggravated identity theft, bank fraud and possession of stolen mail.
This case comes at a bad time for the DMV. The agency is still reeling from another federal investigation into employee misconduct there. Federal investigators say DMV employees accepted money to alter agency records for commercial driver license test results. As the result of that scheme, the DMV issued hundreds of fraudulent commercial driver licenses to unqualified truck drivers.
Los Angeles Identity Theft Lawyer
Federal authorities treat dentity related crimes seriously. Investigators pay special attention to identity theft because it often reveals broader criminal activity. When you face identity theft charges, hire an experienced identity theft lawyer like Robert Helfend.
Mr. Helfend has more than 30 years of experience in criminal courtroom defense. He takes cases in both federal and state courts. He will fight aggressively to get the charges against you reduced or dropped altogether. When that’s not possible, he will work toward the best possible outcome for your case.
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