Black market licenses lead to indictments in NJ

New Jersey news from Eyewitness News

December 6, 2011 9:00:49 AM PST
New Jersey authorities say 40 people, including six former clerks at the state Motor Vehicle Commission, participated in a ring that illegally sold New Jersey's digital driver licenses that were explicitly designed to guard against fraud.

The state Attorney General's office says the ring sold licenses mostly to foreign nationals who were not eligible to receive them for $2,500 to $7,000 apiece.

Those charged include 21 customers and 13 intermediaries who would drum up business.

The new licenses are harder to get, in part, because they require numerous different forms of identification to establish a person's identity. Authorities say the ring let customers bypass those requirements and pay cash for a license.

The ring operated at motor vehicle offices in Lodi, East Orange, Edison, Jersey City, and North Bergen.