Six customers arrested at
Eatontown DMV for driver license fraud
(Eatontown) – Six customers, including four illegal aliens, were arrested last week at the Division of Motor Vehicle agency in Eatontown for attempting to obtain New Jersey driver’s licenses with fraudulent documents.
State Police detectives assigned to the DMV’s Document Fraud Squad arrested four foreign nationals from Central and South America at the agency on Feb. 4 on charges of possessing fraudulent documents. The suspects presented phony Social Security cards, Alien Registration cards and W-2 forms as identification when each applied for a driver’s license.
After an initial inspection, clerks at the agency suspected that the documents were bogus. They gave the documents to the detectives who were working undercover at the agency that day. Each suspect was questioned and later arrested.
Those arrested were: Jorge L. Villegas-Arcos and Ramon Villegas-Arcos, both citizens of Mexico, now living in Spring Lake Heights; Sergio Medina-Moscoso, a Peruvian citizen, now living in Brooklyn, N.Y.; and Luis Beltran-Acosta, a foreign national from Argentina, now living in Piscataway. State Police also impounded a vehicle, believed to be owned by Jorge Villegas-Arcos.
Two days later, on Feb. 6, Eatontown police arrested two other men attempting to obtain New Jersey driver’s licenses with fraudulent documents.
Juan Luis Leon and Eliezar Gomez, both of Perth Amboy, were charged with possession of fraudulent documents. Both men had Puerto Rican birth certificates and Social Security cards in other names. Leon had documents with the name Jaykie Perez Pizarro. Gomez presented documents with the name Enrique Garcia Morales when he applied for a driver examination permit. Eatontown police have yet to determine if the persons listed on the documents exist or if Leon and Gomez were attempting to steal their identities.
Since July 1, 2002, more than 45 customers have been arrested in Eatontown for using fraudulent documents in attempts to obtain New Jersey driver’s licenses.
“These latest arrests are further proof that the DMV’s document fraud training sessions are working,” said Acting Transportation Commissioner Jack Lettiere. “The rise in the number of arrests is not necessarily attributable to an increase in criminal activity, but rather to the heightened awareness of our employees.”
DMV Director Diane Legreide said the agency would continue to be vigilant.
“It is imperative that we continue to emphasize to our employees and customers that we intend to arrest and prosecute people who engage in criminal activity in our agencies,” Legreide said. “Document fraud and identity theft are serious offenses and will not be tolerated.”