Cross Posted from Blogmeister:
We all know there are people out there who are willing to provide fake documentation to illegal immigrants. That in and of itself is appalling. What's more appalling, however, is when state employees decide to get in on the action:
BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) -- A fifth employee of the state Department of Motor Vehicles has been arrested on charges of selling driver's licenses to illegal aliens and criminals.
Cynthia White, 42, of Bridgeport was charged Tuesday with two counts of violating the state Corrupt Organizations and Racketeering Act, three counts of bribe taking, two counts of conspiracy to commit second-degree forgery and one count of second-degree forgery.
Superior Court Judge Patrick Carroll ordered her held in lieu of $150,000 bond and continued the case to June 30.
Conrod Davy, 21, of Hartford was charged Tuesday with acting as a middleman in the transactions.
Police said White sold 110 driver's licenses and 36 IDs for $2,000 each. A number of the sales were made through Davy at area strip bars, police said.
The arrests came as part of a wide-ranging investigation by state police into the illegal selling of Connecticut driver's licenses. The probe has led police all over the country, where illegal aliens and felons have been picked up with Connecticut licenses in their pockets.
In addition to White, state police arrested four other Bridgeport DMV employees, Venita Bines, Tracy Lucas-Stevenson, Karin Birch and Jannette Rodriguez. Authorities say they sold more than 1,500 licenses and nearly 1,000 Connecticut identification cards from June 2000 to December 2004.
Police said on some days illegal aliens were lined up 10 deep at the women's windows to buy driver's licenses for between $1,000 and $2,000. All five were fired before their arrests.
Bines and Lucas-Stevenson have since pleaded guilty and are facing up to 10 years in prison. The other cases are pending.
A number of the sales were made at strip bars? Well, at least we know the illegals are enjoying their time in between day jobs.
It feels so good knowing that employees on the public's dime have taxpayers' best interests at heart. As a Connecticut resident, I feel truly blessed.
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