Police say that they have arrested a man for selling over 400 illegal drivers' licenses. The man allegedly sold the documents from two separate locations of a notary and title company in Louisiana. He was booked on 420 counts of filing false public records and another 420 counts of fraud by computer. He could face up to five years in prison for every single fraud charge and every filing of false public records charge.
The arrest record states that, during an audit of the state's Office of Motor Vehicles, it was discovered that the illegal licenses had been issued. The company that the man worked at was contracted to serve as a Public Tag Agent. While these agents can legally conduct certain processes that pertain to automobile titles, state IDs and drivers' licenses, there are limits to their authority. The PTA can renew an ID card or driver's license, for example, but they cannot issue a brand new license or upgrade any current one.
Since the PTA employee had access to the same computer network as those who are allowed to perform these duties, the man was able to do so. During the audit, his employee number was allegedly found to have carried out these illegal activities. Transactions made with his number supposedly included 398 brand new licenses for first-time applicants, five new CDL licenses for new applicants and 23 licenses that were upgraded to CDLs. The man has no prior convictions, and his bond was set at $20,000.
For those who are facing a fraud charge in Louisiana, the court process can seem intimidating. An experienced criminal law attorney can guide the client in how to build the best defense possible for his or her case. In some situations, consulting with a criminal lawyer could help the client to receive lesser charges or a lighter sentence.
Source: nola.com, "Metairie man accused of selling more than 400 illegal driver's licenses in New Orleans", Ken Daley, May 17, 2017