Dallas DPS Officer Arrested by Feds in Complex Phony ID Scam for Illegal Immigrants
The U.S. Attorney's Office has just sent word that Alvaro Ivan Adame -- a 40-year-old lieutenant with the Texas Department of Public Safety who's worked in the Drivers License Division as a supervisor at offices on Northwest Highway in Dallas and in Wichita Falls -- was arrested this morning at DPS offices here. Federal officials claim that Adame and two other Dallas men -- 35-year-old Ruben Gomez-Luevano and 21-year-old Reyes David Martinez -- were involved in a scheme that involved transporting folks from Dallas to New Mexico, where they received phony New Mexico residency documents that were then presented to the Motor Vehicle Division in New Mexico. They used those docs to get fake IDs and drivers licenses in Texas and New Mexico.
The media release doesn't identify the individuals who got the IDs -- or why they needed them. But Kathy Colvin in the U.S. Attorney's Office tells Unfair Park that the identification cards and licenses were for illegal immigrants living in Dallas.
Continues the media release:
Martinez then transported the individuals from New Mexico back to Dallas. The identification documents were mailed to addresses in New Mexico purporting to belong to the individuals, however, the individuals falsely claimed to the New Mexico Motor Vehicle Division that they were New Mexico residents.
The superseding indictment alleges that beginning in January 2008 and continuing until January 15, 2009, Ruben Gomez-Luevano and DPS Lieutenant Alvara Ivan Adame conspired together, and with others, to knowingly transfer identification documents, namely New Mexico Drivers Licenses, New Mexico Identification Cards and Texas Drivers Licenses and Texas Identification Cards, that were produced without lawful authority, and sent through the U.S. mail. As part of the conspiracy, Gomez-Luevano would bring the individuals to Texas DPS offices, including the office managed by Lieutenant Adame, to exchange the New Mexico licenses for Texas licenses.
Martinez has pleaded guilty, while Adame is due to appear at 1 p.m. today in U.S. Magistrate Judge Jeff Kaplan's courtroom. The conspiracy to transfer unlawfully issued identification documents charge carries a maximum statutory sentence of 15 years in prison and a $250,000 fine
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