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For Immediate Release:  
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February 5, 2009  

Division of Criminal Justice
609-292-4791

Office of The Attorney General
- Anne Milgram, Attorney General
Division of Criminal Justice
- Deborah L. Gramiccioni, Director

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MVC Employee & Four Others Charged in Illegal Sale of Driver’s Licenses and Non-Driver Identifications

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TRENTON – Attorney General Anne Milgram and Criminal Justice Director Deborah L. Gramiccioni announced that a Motor Vehicle Commission employee and four other individuals have been charged in a scam that illegally provided driver’s licenses and related documents to customers.

According to Director Gramiccioni, Rosalind C. Magee, 25, of Egg Harbor Township, a customer service representative at the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission – Cardiff Agency, in Egg Harbor Township, was charged with second-degree conspiracy, three counts each of official misconduct (one 2nd degree and two 3rd degree), bribery (one 2nd degree and two 3rd degree) and tampering with public records or information (one 2nd degree and two 3rd degree). Magee was also charged with second-degree pattern of official misconduct.

The indictment also charges Mauricio A. Baquero, aka Samuel Jirau, 32, of Pleasantville, with conspiracy, three counts each of official misconduct, bribery and tampering with public records or information. The degrees of the charges are the same for Baquero was they are for Magee.

Between June 6 and Aug. 6, 2007, Magee allegedly used her position to process and issue New Jersey digital driver’s licenses or a New Jersey non-driver IDs without the required supporting documents. Magee conspired with Baquero, who acted as a “broker,” bringing customers to Magee. Baquero allegedly located and arranged for customers to obtain the driver’s licenses. On at least two occasions, Baquero paid Magee an unspecified amount of money for the licenses.

The licenses and non-driver IDs were allegedly issued to Baquero on June 6, 2007, Heriberto Gonzalez, aka Jose Velasquez, 38, of Atlantic City, on July 14, 2007, and Wilfredo J. Rivera, 29, of Atlantic City, on August 6, 2007.

Benjamin Falcon, 36, of Egg Harbor Township, allegedly acted as the “middle man” on at least one occasion, delivering an unspecified amount of money to Magee for Baquero’s license. Falcon was charged with second-degree official misconduct, second-degree bribery, and third-degree tampering with public records or information.

Rivera was charged with official misconduct, bribery and tampering with public records (all 3rd degree). Gonzalez was charged with bribery and tampering with public records or information (both third-degree).

Magee was suspended without pay after the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission uncovered the alleged fraud. The Commission immediately referred the matter to the Division of Criminal Justice for further investigation.

Members of the New Jersey State Police, Auto Unit, and the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission coordinated the investigation. Deputy Attorney General Christine Hoffman presented the case to the state grand jury. Attorney General Milgram thanked the Egg Harbor Township Police Department for its assistance in the investigation.

The indictment is merely an accusation and the defendants are innocent until proven guilty. Second-degree charges carry a maximum sentence of 10 years in state prison and a fine of $150,000 while third-degree charges carry a maximum sentence of up to five years and a fine of $15,000.

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