Bergen County Man Sentenced To Prison For Acting As Broker In Conspiracy To Sell Driver’s Licenses

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TRENTON – A Bergen County man was sentenced to prison today for acting as a broker in a conspiracy involving a former clerk in the Lodi Motor Vehicle Agency to illegally sell New Jersey digital driver’s licenses to unauthorized persons, Attorney General Jeffrey S. Chiesa announced.

Hildeberto Salinas, 44, of Carlstadt, was sentenced to four years in state prison and was ordered to pay a $20,000 fine by Superior Court Judge James J. Guida in Bergen County. He pleaded guilty on March 19 before Judge Patrick J. Roma to second-degree charges of bribery and conspiracy.

In pleading guilty, Salinas admitted that he brokered sales of New Jersey digital driver’s licenses which were issued out of the Lodi Motor Vehicle Agency to individuals who did not have the required six points of identification. On March 12, a former clerk who participated in the scheme, Anne Marie Manfredonia, 44, of Little Ferry, pleaded guilty to second-degree conspiracy and third-degree tampering with public records before Roma. The state will recommend that she be sentenced to four years in prison, including two years of parole ineligibility. She will be permanently barred from public employment in New Jersey. Manfredonia is scheduled to be sentenced on May 10.

Salinas and Manfredonia were among 40 defendants named in indictments unsealed on Dec. 5, 2011, which also alleged conspiracies to illegally sell driver’s licenses out of the East Orange, Edison, North Bergen and Jersey City motor vehicle agencies. In some cases, the customers, who are foreign nationals, did not qualify for a license because they were in the U.S. illegally. In other cases, they lacked sufficient documentation. The customers paid between $2,500 and $7,000 for a license or license renewal, and the MVC clerks and brokers split the proceeds. The indictments resulted from joint investigations by the Division of Criminal Justice and Motor Vehicle Commission.

The investigations were conducted by members of the Division of Criminal Justice MVC Unit, within the Specialized Crimes Bureau, and the Motor Vehicle Commission’s Division of Security, Investigation and Internal Audit.

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