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Several plead guilty to providing driver's licenses to illegal aliens

2:42 PM, Sep 18, 2012   |    comments
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St. Louis (KSDK) - Several people pleaded guilty Tuesday to providing Missouri driver's licenses to illegal aliens.

Court documents state Yvette Roberson was a contract employee of a privately operated Missouri Department of Revenue Office in St. Louis County, and provided illegal aliens with Missouri licenses with information provided by Ricardo Ortiz and Jorge Fabian Pesqueda Perez.

Authorities say in one case Roberson told the individual the identity that was provided had too many criminal warrants attached to it and advised the person to seek a different identity.

Ortiz, who also goes by the name Jose Ramos, Jr., pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to defraud, two counts of production of false identification documents, two counts of aggravated identity theft, and one count of illegal re-entry of a previously convicted felon. His wife, Melissa Ortiz, pleaded guilty to harboring an illegal alien.

According to the plea, 31-year-old Ortiz had been deported four times before he was arrested on the current charges.

Roberson, 59, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to defraud, one count of producing false identification documents, and two counts of aggravated theft.

Perez, 35, and Elizabeth Cervantes, 27, pleaded guilty to related charges and are awaiting sentencing.

Rafael Guerrero, 42, and Magdalena Lopez, 42, pleaded guilty to possession of false identification documents and were sentence to one year of probation.

For each count of conspiracy to defraud and harboring an illegal alien the penalty is up to five years in prison and/or fines up to $250,000.

Aggravated identity theft carries a mandatory penalty of two years in prison, which must run consecutively to any other sentence given.


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