The New York Department of Motor Vehicles has arrested 102 people with charges ranging from using a fraudulent Puerto Rico license or driver abstract to try to obtain driving privileges in the state.
“We at DMV take our role to protect New Yorkers very seriously, and these arrests should put fraudsters on notice,” DMV Commissioner Mark J.F. Schroeder said. “By presenting false documents to DMV to bypass required tests these fraudsters could have posed a traffic safety risk to the motoring public but thanks to the diligent work of our investigators, they have been stopped.”
The arrests were made after a months-long investigation, which brought in 94 felony charges and 8 misdemeanors. For the Central New York Region, 4 were arrested with felony charges from using a false license or abstract.
In most cases, investigators say individuals used their true identity on false documents to bypass knowledge and skills testing to immediately obtain New York driving privileges through a fraudulent reciprocity transaction. Many of these individuals had previously failed knowledge and/or skills tests when attempting to obtain driving privileges.