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April 15, 2013

DMV Investigators Bust Counterfeit ID Mill

Counterfeit Documents and Equipment Seized

Sacramento – Investigators from the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) arrested Sandra Luz Davey Higuera 61, and Eloy Gonzalez 68, in Los Angeles on April 3, 2013, alleging several felony counts of manufacturing counterfeit government identity documents and falsification of state and federal seals.

With the assistance of the Los Angeles Police Department, DMV investigators served a search warrant at the suspect's residence in the city of Los Angeles and seized computers, printers, laminating equipment, cameras, card stock and other supplies used in the making of fraudulent documents. Also seized were counterfeit Temporary Operating Permits and Temporary Driver Licenses.

The four month investigation is a result of DMV receiving information that temporary California Driver Licenses were being counterfeited and sold. Both suspects were booked into the Los Angeles County Jail.

This action continued the Department's focus on identity fraud and counterfeiting to enhance consumer protection and security of vital documents.

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DMV's Investigations Division enhances consumer protection including auto and identity-related fraud, car dealers, driving schools, traffic violator schools and other DMV occupational licensees, as well as internal affairs investigations.

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