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Former Colorado DMV Clerk Pleads Guilty in Connection with the Unlawful Sale of Fraudulent Commercial Driver’s Licenses (CDLs)

On July 14, Janet J. Gonzalez, a former driver’s license clerk for the Colorado Department of Revenue, Division of Motor Vehicles (CO-DMV) pled guilty in the U.S. District Court in Denver to two counts of fraud in connection with identification documents and one count of interstate transportation in aid of racketeering enterprises. Gonzalez admitted to facilitating the unlawful sale of Colorado driver licenses, including CDLs to illegal aliens. Sentencing is scheduled for November 1, 2005.

Gonzalez’s plea follows the recent indictments of another CO-DMV employee, and two middlemen on similar charges. One of the middlemen, Juan Pablo Beltran, an alien residing in Denver, pled guilty in June 2005 to false statements and is under ICE parole status pending his sentencing. A commercial truck driving school and certified third-party testing facility for CDLs has also been searched in connection with the ongoing joint investigation being conducted with the Social Security Administration, DHS-ICE, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, FBI, the Colorado Department of Revenue, and with assistance from FMCSA.