New Mexico Taxation and Revenue Department Secretary Demesia Padilla, left, answers questions as Ninth Judicial District Attorney Matt Chandler listens during a news conference in Albuquerque, N.M., on Wednesday June 6, 2012. Padilla and Chandler announced the bust of a sophisticated ring that helped illegal immigrants fraudulently obtain New Mexico driver’s licenses. (AP Photo/Susan Montoya Bryan)
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico authorities on Wednesday detailed what they called a “recipe for fraud” as they announced the bust of a sophisticated ring that specialized in helping illegal immigrants obtain fraudulent driver’s licenses.
The recipe included reams of fraudulent documents — from rental agreements to bank statements, vehicle titles and insurance paperwork — that were used as proof of residency to obtain licenses in at least 54 cases, authorities said.
The probe is continuing, and authorities said during a news conference that investigators believe hundreds of licenses have been fraudulently obtained through the ring over the past couple of years for illegal immigrants living outside of New Mexico.
Arrest warrants were issued for nine people.
“We know without a shadow of a doubt there are several other rings operating right now in the state, and the only reason they continue to operate is because it’s a profitable business they’re in,” said Demesia Padilla, secretary of the state Taxation and Revenue Department, which Login to read more