License-for-money fraud accusations rock East Orange MVC

(12/14/04) EAST ORANGE Three clerks at the East Orange Motor Vehicle Commission have been arrested and charged with issuing drivers licenses to several undocumented immigrants.

Investigators say despite the implementation of post-9/11 security reforms, the clerks still managed to distribute the licenses during a period of approximately seven months. Authorities say Francois Garcia, Michael Twaddle and Alexander Velez worked with brokers to distribute the documents to immigrants for a fee of $3,000 per license. The money was then apparently split between the MVC employees and the brokers.

All three clerks are each being held on $100,000 bail, while the brokers are being held on $750,000 each. A judge says the history of license fraud in New Jersey contributed to the high bail amount.

Related links: NJ Motor Vehicle Commission New Jersey State Police NJ Division of Consumer Affairs

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