Baltimore Man Pleads Guilty to Production of Fake IDs, Racketeering
January 16, 2003
Mohan Thapa of Baltimore, MD, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Baltimore to producing fake identification documents and conspiring to use the mail to racketeer. In exchange for bribes Thapa conspired with an employee of the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration (MVA) to sell and distribute fraudulent IDs to foreign nationals. In addition to the fraudulent IDs, the case involves a local driving school that allegedly is bribing MVA test examiners to pass unqualified applicants on tests for commercial driver’s licenses. Thapa’s sentencing date has not been set, and the MVA employee’s case is pending. This is an ongoing joint investigation of OIG, the FBI, and INS.