3 Arrested In Phony Driver’s License, ID Scheme
LOS ANGELES (CBS) — A California Department of Motor Vehicles employee and two others are facing several felony counts Friday after their alleged involvement in a fraudulent driver’s license and ID scheme.
DMV employee Corretta Lasha Gray Beason-Samuel, 38, and co-conspirators Danavian Travon Hughes, 35 and Adolfo Maria Cruz, 45, were arrested Thursday.
The trio was busted as the result of a joint investigation between the Department of Justice, the DMV and the Office of the Attorney General.
Officials say Beason-Samuel worked with Cruz to make a phony California Identification Card for an undercover officer.
“During the investigation it was discovered the employee processed a fraudulent California Driver License for her boyfriend (Hughes) who assumed the identity of an out of state victim,” DMV officials said in a statement.
Beason-Samuel, faces a total of 21 felony counts, including falsification of public records, unauthorized computer access and the alteration of DMV data, conspiracy and perjury and a possible sentence of 13 years in prison. She is being held on $150,000 bail, according to officials.
Hughes faces 11 felony counts with a possible five year sentence and Cruz faces three felony counts with a possible four year prison sentence. Both are being held on $75,000 bail, said DMV officials.