ANOTHER .gov worker selling IDs to illegals, terrorists and criminals
these people have jepardized the security of the United States.......again
Prison is too good for them
8, including PennDOT official, accused of running document ringBy JEFFREY GOLD
Associated Press Writer
September 27, 2005
NEWARK, N.J. -- Federal agents say they have cracked a ring that supplied thousands of Pennsylvania drivers' licenses to illegal aliens and others who wanted false identification.
The arrests Tuesday of eight people, including a former Philadelphia police officer who now works at the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, followed a yearlong investigation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and other agencies.
The PennDOT official, Ronald Henry, was paid to falsify records so it would appear that those getting the licenses had taken the required written and road tests, according to the criminal complaint.
Henry, 62, of Philadelphia, works as a driver's license examiner at the license center in Bensalem, Pa., administering the tests and issuing licenses, ICE said.
"The ultimate goal is to take back these licenses," said Kyle Hutchins, ICE special agent in charge of the Newark office. Many of the improper recipients got the licenses to avoid deportation, he said.
"This organization was helping individuals create new identities and in today's world that is a serious threat to our national security," Hutchins said.
ICE will be working with the Pennsylvania attorney general's office to determine who received the fraud licenses, Hutchins said.
PennDOT spokesman Richard Kirkpatrick said Henry will be suspended without pay and the agency will conduct its own investigation.
"We don't tolerate any abuse of the driver's license system," Kirkpatrick said.
Henry joined PennDOT April 28, 2001, and made $33,069 a year, he said.
The ring charged $2,000 to $5,000, depending on the type of license, Hutchins said. Many of the licenses were for commercial driver's licenses, which allows the recipient to operate a truck or bus. The recipients pose a threat on the highways because most have no training for such vehicles, he said.
ICE alleged the ring's leader was Altagracia "Grace" Rosario, 45, who was arrested in Robbinsville and accused of providing documents that helped people get the licenses.
Rosario gave the aliens fraudulent identity documents, including non-immigrant visas and altered passports and sent them to Henry at the license center, where they applied for driver's licenses, officials said.
Hutchins credited a small law enforcement agency, the Waterfront Commission of New York Harbor, with providing the lead that exposed the ring after investigating a person who had a Pennsylvania driver's license. The commission has offices in New York and New Jersey.
Investigators allege the organization was providing some illegal aliens with Puerto Rican birth certificates and Social Security cards obtained from the original owners, which allowed them to pose as United States citizens, ICE said.
ICE said it tapped the home phones of Henry and Rosario during the investigation. Others charged include Rosario's two daughters. All were charged with conspiracy to commit identity fraud, which carries up to five years in prison.
Right after 9/11 they caught several PennDOT workers in Pittsburgh who had sold licenses to illegals and potential terrorists. Many of the licenses were CDLs. I don't know what happened to them but maybe I can do a little searching to find out.