6 Indicted In Scheme To Issue Fake Tennessee Drivers Licenses

6 Indicted In Scheme To Issue Fake Tennessee Drivers Licenses

6 Indicted In Scheme To Issue Fake Tennessee Drivers Licenses

A federal grand jury in Chattanooga has returned a two count indictment against six individuals involved in a scheme to produce fake drivers licenses for Hispanics.

Those indicted include James Darrell Ward, 48, an employee of the drivers testing site on Bonny Oaks Drive.

Also charged were Manolo Mendez Escobar, a/k/a Johnny Ayala Garcia, 27, of Guatemala; Pascual Ramirez Ramirez, 35, of Guatemala; Juan Antonio Hernandez, idgod 43, of Cleveland, Tn.; Francisco Baltazar Pedro, 45, of Monterey, Tn., and Amilcar Lerdo, of Gainesville, Ga.

They were indicted for conspiring to unlawfully produce Tennessee drivers licenses. citizen.

Escobar, Good Fake IDs Hernandez, Ramirez and Baltazar have been arrested.

A new trial date for all of the defendants has not yet been set.

The indictment alleges that between July 2009 and January 2011, the individuals "agreed with one another to transport ineligible applicants to the drivers license testing site on Bonny Oaks Drive. The applicants presented counterfeit documents to Ward, a Department of Motor Vehicles employee, who in exchange for cash, unlawfully produced Tennessee drivers licenses."

If convicted, each defendant faces a maximum term of 15 years in prison, $250,000 fine and up to three years of supervised release. Secret Service, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Athens City Police Department for their collaborative efforts in this investigation and resulting indictment.

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"Document and benefit fraud poses a significant vulnerability that must not go unchallenged," said Raymond R. Parmer Jr., Special Agent in Charge of ICE Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) in New Orleans. "This indictment should send the clear message that HSI and its law enforcement partners will identify and dismantle those criminal organizations that perpetrate document fraud. Secret Service, FBI and TBI. Attorney James T. Brooks will represent the United States.

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