A 38-year-old man from Stevens Point who was convicted of a federal crime has been sentenced Friday in federal court to 18 months in prison.
Allegedly, the man bribed a public official and arranged for illegal immigrants to illegally have Wisconsin driver's licenses made. According to an assistant U.S. attorney, about 70 people purchased the licenses made by a Department of Motor Vehicles employee from December 2010 until July 2011.
The convicted man, who is also a legal permanent resident, would find people who needed to be residents of Wisconsin. In many instances, those individuals were willing to pay thousands of dollars to get their drivers license to say their residency was in the state. The man worked with a former DMV worker who would alter the licenses.
In total, six men were caught and faced criminal charges for their role in the conspiracy. The charges they faced were:
- Producing false identification documents
- Bribing a public official
The man is a legal resident and lives in Wisconsin with his two sons. But the sentence he received means that he will be spending the next several years in prison. This crime could also impact his status in the country - a prison sentence for this type of crime could result in deportation.
During his final court appearance, the man was apologetic and acknowledged that he understood that the actions he took were wrong. He also appeared to understand the implications of his conviction and the sentence that he would be serving.
Source: Wausau Daily Herald: "Man gets 18 months in ID fraud in Stevens Point DMV case," Kevin Murphy, Aug. 19, 2011.