LOS ANGELES (AP) — Two men have been arrested in what authorities describe as an elaborate scheme to help illegal immigrants from Korea and China obtain California driver’s licenses using doctored Canadian passports.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement says Dae Wahn Ahn, 49, and Chong Hwan Kim, 47, were arrested Wednesday and charged with manufacturing false documents, using false documents to conceal citizenship, perjury, forgery, conspiracy and false personation.

Immigration authorities say the men charged more than 200 illegal immigrants between $3,500 and $5,000 to help them obtain driver’s licenses in Kern County.

Authorities began investigating in January 2010 after a Department of Motor Vehicles employee reported irregularities in a Canadian passport where new biographic pages had been inserted and the photograph replaced.

Ahn and Kim face arraignment Friday in state court in Bakersfield.

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Comments (11)
  1. jlloving44@yahoo.com says:

    What took so long? You know why? Because when illegal aliens come into this country, especially in California there a means of CHEAP labor. We should be seizing their farms and assets. At least we will slow down the immigration. Wow, the burden us taxpayers must carry.

  2. davy altair says:

    deport the 2 criminals

  3. ES says:

    Why is this making the news? This prob is more wide spread than people think. There’s a few bad apples at DMV that do this for a living. It isn’t hard if you have the cash.

    1. Marcus says:

      It doesn’t say they worked for the DMV. They were altering passports to fool the DMV. And what cash would you need beyond that to buy a color printer?

      1. ES says:

        Hey, genius, where did i mention that the article said they worked at DMV? I was stating that there are corrupt DMV employees whom for the right price can and will supply you with a valid driver’s license or ID. I’ve personally met a few illegals whom have done this and that’s a fact.

  4. tigtii says:

    Wow, amazing, sounds like they had a good thing going!


  5. Robert S. says:

    They had a similer problem in Texas, where an official within the DPS was giving out driver’s licences to people who could not read, or write English. They caught her, and promptly “jailed” her!

  6. Robert S. says:

    This is becoming the “norm”, and Texas is now becoming more on guard for this type of fraud. Oh, by the way….they can see through tractor trailer walls with x-ray dudes!

  7. JEN says:


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