Bribes to Indiana motor vehicle workers paved the way for at least 1,000 foreign citizens to obtain driver’s licenses illegally, the Indianapolis Star reports. The fraud network was so widely known that people traveled from out of state to take advantage of it. Six Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV) workers were suspended in a scam that involved the use of bogus passports, visas, and other documents.
A BMV worker, acting as an informant, told investigators that she and other employees forged documents and provided driver’s licenses and identification cards to illegal aliens of various nationalities. BMV workers collected “several hundred dollars” from each person they assisted.
Indiana will revoke any licenses acquired with fake documents and will review all licenses issued to foreign nationals by the six suspended employees. “We will put a system in place to prevent this from happening,” said Gerald Coleman, BMV commissioner. “We have to determine how this was done. We are going to vigorously pursue any leads.”