LAWFUEL – Press Release Service – R. Alexander Acosta, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, Jonathan I. Solomon, Special Agent in Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation, and Sandra C. Lambert, Director of the State of Florida Division of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (“DHSMV”), announced today that a federal grand jury in Ft. Lauderdale returned a multi-count indictment charging defendants Marco Antonio Lopez, Maria Consuelo Arboleda and Mauricio Ochoa, with producing and transferring without lawful authority identification documents, and conspiracy to commit the same, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Sections 1028(a) (1) and (f). The defendants face a statutory maximum sentence of five years’ imprisonment and $250,000 fine per count.
As alleged in the Indictment, Ochoa used his position as a driver’s license examiner with DHSMV, the state agency responsible for the issuance of driver’s licenses, to fraudulently process applications for driver’s licenses on behalf of individuals who were not lawfully entitled to such licenses. Defendants Arboleda and Lopez paid Ochoa for his assistance in issuing the fraudulently obtained driver’s licenses and renewals.
Mr. Acosta commended the investigative efforts of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the State of Florida Division of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles. This case is being handled by Assistant United States Attorney Christopher J. Clark.
A copy of this press release may be found on the website of the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Florida at www.usdoj.gov/usao/fls. Related court documents and information may be found on the website of the District Court for the Southern District of Florida at www.flsd.uscourts.gov or on http://pacer.flsd.uscourts.gov.