California DMV Clerk|Accused of ID Theft

     SANTA ANA, Calif. (CN) – A California DMV clerk and five others were indicted on federal identity theft charges, accusing them of stealing birth certificates and Social Security numbers and selling them for thousands of dollars to create phony documents.
     Tracey Lynnette Jones, 33, of Long Beach, was arrested Monday, pleaded not guilty and was released on $25,000 bond. She worked in the Department of Motor Vehicles office in El Monte. Her federal trial was set for Nov. 24.
     The four-count federal grand jury indictment accuses Jones and five others of conspiring to produce false identification documents and selling them for as much as $5,000 apiece. Jones and others also are charged with ID theft.
     They allegedly got real birth certificates and Social Security numbers from Puerto Rico.
     The U.S. attorney called it “particularly insidious” because it victimized the people whose identities were stolen, and involved abuse of the powers of a government official.
     Four defendants were arrested in September: Wilfredo Montero, 36, of Los Angeles; Adolfo Maria Cruz, 47, of Corona; Roberto Ruiz, 35, of Tustin; and Jose Cruz, 49, of Corona. All are free on bond except Cruz.
     The sixth defendant, Jorge Perez aka Pedro Josue Figueroa Marquez, 33, of Mexico, is at large.
     Conspiracy to commit identity theft is punishable by up to 15 years in federal prison.

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