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Friday
Nov082013

Scam: Do Virginia’s illegal driver’s license holders vote?

Three employees of Virginia’s Dept. of Motor Vehicles pled guilty to a conspiracy to obtain official state IDs or driver’s licenses for people the U.S. Dept. of Justice described as “undocumented aliens.”  The criminal conduct ran from Sept., 2007 to July, 2010.

The Washington Post (11-7-2013) cited the number of illegal license holders “as many as 300 people.”

The Dept. of Justice included no numbers in the official news release distributed to the public.

The case was tried in the Eastern District of Virginia. The Post cited the Fairfax DMV location as the office DMV employee Noemi Barboza drove “illegal immigrants” to where another employee would rubber stamp applications for state IDs like driver’s licenses and ID cards. The government employees made thousands of dollars off the people seeking the illegal licenses.

Fairfax is considered a Democrat stronghold; it played a key role in Terry McAuliffe’s narrow win over Republican Ken Cuccinelli in the recent Virginia governor’s race.

Once an individual has a state-issued ID in Virginia, it’s easy to vote if the individual provides a social security number.

Numerous news releases at the U.S. Dept. of Justice show that ID fraud is rampant. The department led by Attorney General Eric Holder has chosen to go after states with strong voter ID laws rather than potential vote fraud. Holder and Democrats often cite the lack of vote fraud cases as evidence there isn’t a problem with illegal votes. However, states prosecute such cases as well and those cases are rarely mentioned.

The official DOJ release said:

According to the indictment, from September 2007 to July 2010, the defendants solicited cash payments from undocumented aliens in return for helping them secure DMV documents for which they were not eligible.  After the defendants collected cash from ineligible applicants, they provided a DMV employee a portion of the money to induce her to falsely verify that the ineligible applicants had produced documentation necessary to establish eligibility for issuance of the requested DMV documents.  The defendants also accompanied ineligible applicants to the DMV Service Center located at the Fair Oaks Mall and directed them to the DMV employee who had accepted bribes.

In Virginia, the DMV website suggests you don’t always need a social security number to get a driver’s license [boldface added]:

If you are age 19 or older, you must show two proofs of identity, one proof of legal presence and one proof of Virginia residency. Proof of your social security number (if you have been issued one) is also required…

Once a Virginia resident has a state-issued ID, registering to vote is easy. The state Board of Elections website said when applying by mail: “Please enclose a copy of one of the following documents that shows your name and address with your application: (1) current and valid photo ID, (2) current utility bill, (3) bank statement, (4) government check, (5) paycheck, or (6) other government document."

The impact of illegal licenses on insurance fraud and claims as well as vehicle accidents is apparently not an issue for the DOJ, although American consumers pick up the tab.

(Filed by Kay B. Day/Nov. 8, 2013)

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