Ex-state employees, illegal alien plead guilty to identity theft
Published: August 21,2014
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HATTIESBURG — Two former Mississippi Department of Public Safety employees and a man have pleaded guilty to a charge of conspiracy to commit identity theft.
U.S. Attorney Gregory K. Davis, in a news release, said 48-year-old Yolanda Jean Perkins and 33-year-old Lorena Gomez, both of Laurel, and 32-year-old Jose Martel Rivera, a Mexican native living in the country illegally, all pleaded guilty.
Davis says the conspiracy involved the sale by Gomez and Rivera of authentic Texas birth certificates with matching social security cards, and the subsequent purchase of Mississippi drivers’ licenses and state IDs, with the assistance of Perkins, who worked at the Laurel driver’s license bureau.
U.S. District Judge Keith Starrett set sentencing for Oct. 27. The maximum penalty is 15 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
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