Men arrested for DMV fraud

September 15, 2009 12:44:21 PM PDT
The Division of Motor Vehicles' License and Theft Bureau has charged five suspects in Gaston and Rutherford counties for crimes against the department.DMV inspectors arrested 35-year-old Mario Ziranda and 28-year-old Elvis Sanchez for forgery and manufacturing North Carolina driver licenses. The men could also face additional charges.

Authorities said Sanchez may be in the United States illegally. Both are being held on $75,000 secured bond in the Rutherford County jail.

Inspectors also arrested 29-year-old Claudia Morales Rodriguez, 29-year-old Alfredo Lopez Hernandez and 37-year-old Juan Alberto Goddy Vasquez on charges of attempting to bribe a state driver license examiner to obtain a driver license.

Police said all three were believed to be in the country illegally. They are being held on $10,000 bond in the Gaston County jail.

The arrests stem from an investigation into a document lab that contained equipment and materials to manufacture counterfeit alien cards, Social Security cards, birth certificates and driver licenses.

Driver licenses from California, Florida, Tennessee, Texas, Ohio and North Carolina were found at the location, along with Social Security cards and a Maryland birth certificate. Police also found $8,000 in cash and 15 grams of cocaine.

"I commend DMV inspectors and officials for their vigilance in this investigation," said Gov. Perdue. "I am also encouraged by the teamwork exhibited between DMV inspectors and law enforcement from across the state to break up this operation."

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