Previously in Wisconsin, drivers did not have to prove that they were residents in the United States before getting a driver's license. But after a recent legislative change, drivers must show that they are legally residing in the U.S. before they can be administered a valid driver's license.
But one Wisconsin man was recently convicted after being charged with the federal crime of conspiracy to sell fake driver's licenses. There were six men that investigators believed were a part of the scheme - three of the other men have already been taken into custody and charged as well.
According to the indictment, the man most recently convicted had found customers who needed driver's licenses but were not legally in the U.S. He allegedly brought those individuals to a man who worked for the DMV. The DMV employee would then take the identification documents and produce a fraudulent driver's license.
The men involved were selling the licenses for upwards of $2,000. The man recently convicted would receive a portion of the sales for finding customers who needed licenses. One witness stated that the man had asked him to give a fake license to a customer and take the payment.
During his trial, the man stated that he did find people who needed licenses but was not aware that the licenses were illegally produced. However the jury determined that he was guilty of the charges against him. If the man receives the maximum sentence, he will spend the next 15 years in prison and could even be deported.
Source: Central Wisconsin Hub online, "Marshfield man found guilty in fake ID ring," Kevin Murphy, 23 June 2011