Man sentenced for illegal driver’s license scheme

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A man has been ordered to spend a year in federal prison for helping immigrants who are in the country illegally to fraudulently obtain Missouri driver’s licenses.

The Kansas City Star reports that 38-year-old Martin Lara-Rodriquez was sentenced Friday. He was one of more than a dozen people charged in 2012 with participating in a nationwide conspiracy involving the Missouri Department of Revenue office in St. Joseph. More than 3,500 people in the U.S. illegally obtained driver’s licenses as part of the conspiracy, which involved the use of fraudulently obtained birth certificates and social security cards.

Court documents say Lara-Rodriguez himself was in the county illegally and living in North Carolina. He admitted in his plea to making about 10 trips to Missouri, helping about 30 people obtain fraudulent documents.

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