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Houston DPS clerk charged with bribery She's accused of selling licenses to illegal drivers
Houston Chronicle ^ | July 1, 2010 | MIKE GLENN

Posted on 07/01/2010 6:52:49 AM PDT by BradtotheBone

A Houston woman who works for the Texas Department of Public Safety used her ready access to state driver's licenses for cash, authorities said.

Gracie Gutierrez, 27, remained in custody after she was charged on Tuesday with bribery.

Gutierrez is accused of accepting bribes to issue driver's licenses to people who are undocumented and have not taken the written or driving exam, said Donna Hawkins with the Harris County District Attorney's office.

Also charged with bribery is Saul Ramirez, 20. Officials said he does not work for DPS.

Ramirez was arrested while trying to sell a Texas driver's license to an undercover police officer, Hawkins said. Investigators determined Ramirez was working with Gutierrez, Hawkins said.

(Excerpt) Read more at chron.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Front Page News; Government; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: aliens; bribe; codeofsilence; cultureofcorruption; dmv; donutwatch; dps; everybodydoesit; fakebutaccurate; graciegutierrez; houston; id; illegalimmigration; papersplease; payola; treason

1 posted on 07/01/2010 6:52:50 AM PDT by BradtotheBone
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To: BradtotheBone

Wonder what her immigration status is...


2 posted on 07/01/2010 6:57:26 AM PDT by txmissy
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To: Liz

Ping.


3 posted on 07/01/2010 6:57:43 AM PDT by KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle (http://www.conservatives4palin.com/)
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To: txmissy
Tenuous.

Garde la Foi, mes amis! Nous nous sommes les sauveurs de la République! Maintenant et Toujours!
(Keep the Faith, my friends! We are the saviors of the Republic! Now and Forever!)

LonePalm, le Républicain du verre cassé (The Broken Glass Republican)

4 posted on 07/01/2010 6:59:11 AM PDT by LonePalm (Commander and Chef)
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To: BradtotheBone

Apparently, Mexican-Americans are helping Mexicans enjoy illegal status in this country.

Should take away citizenship of those caught and boot them out.


5 posted on 07/01/2010 6:59:42 AM PDT by bestintxas
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To: txmissy

GUILTY!


6 posted on 07/01/2010 7:00:39 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum ("The only stable state is the one in which all men are equal before the law." -- Aristotle)
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To: Liz; AuntB

PING


7 posted on 07/01/2010 7:06:03 AM PDT by Tennessee Nana
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To: BradtotheBone

There should be a term in jail for each and every count. If she sold 100 or 1000 too bad. Plus they have records of what names are being used by these illegals. They too desrve jail time.
Shovel ready jobs,building new and bigger prisons for illegals.


8 posted on 07/01/2010 7:08:25 AM PDT by wiggen (Government owned slave.)
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To: BradtotheBone

But but but Houston is a Sanctuary City.


9 posted on 07/01/2010 7:10:28 AM PDT by Marty62 (marty60)
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To: BradtotheBone
At least they didn't burn her alive.

Katherine Smith bump

Five Men with Mideast Ties Indicted in License Scam (Tennessee License Scandal)

TENN DRIVER LICENSE SCANDAL: FLAMING DEATH NO ACCIDENT, FBI SAYS

Car fire set off suspicions as crew fought it (Smith Tennesee License Scandal)

License suspect had WTC repair pass, but Port Authority did its own work [Tennessee License Scandal]

The pass gave him access to the buildings' sprinkler systems.

I bet he "fixed" them real good...

Treason is not too strong a word.

10 posted on 07/01/2010 7:11:07 AM PDT by null and void (We are now in day 524 of our national holiday from reality. - 0bama really isn't one of US.)
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To: txmissy
Wonder what her immigration status is...

I would guess it's anti-American traitor.

11 posted on 07/01/2010 7:13:07 AM PDT by dragnet2
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To: BradtotheBone

Looks as though she working towards a spot in the Hussein regime.


12 posted on 07/01/2010 7:25:18 AM PDT by Oldpuppymax
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To: BradtotheBone

That’s treason and she’s a traitor! (If she’s a legal citizen)


13 posted on 07/01/2010 7:31:23 AM PDT by ForAmerica (Christian Conservative Black Man!)
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To: Oldpuppymax

Somehow, I don’t believe one clerk working alone could pull this off without detection. They need better internal controls. I’m sure any good auditor or security advisor could come up with a system of internal audit that would cut this type of crime..unless the higher ups are profiting also.
The financial incentive for this type of crime is so high the penalties should be higher. Ten years minimum. Loss of naturalized citizenship.


14 posted on 07/01/2010 7:38:57 AM PDT by Oldexpat
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To: BradtotheBone

We have a guy here in Tucson who has been on the radio bragging that he is doing the same thing with “Green Cards” and other forms of ID. He says he has “connections” on both sides of the border so he is safe. His identity is unknown.


15 posted on 07/01/2010 7:39:15 AM PDT by Don Corleone ("Oil the gun..eat the cannolis. Take it to the Mattress.")
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle; AuntB; Tennessee Nana; stephenjohnbanker; TommyDale
Thanks for the headsup. This is happening all over. We need to make a HUGE ruckus about it.

Latinos are infiltrating our govt agencies (they have crept into the the CIA and FBI, as well) for the purpose of rigging the system to help out their countrymen. Con't below.

16 posted on 07/01/2010 7:48:13 AM PDT by Liz
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To: Liz

This was happening in North Carolina a few years ago as well. There is one town nearby, Wilson, where it is common for illegals to purchase fake IDs.


17 posted on 07/01/2010 7:50:47 AM PDT by TommyDale (Independent - I already left the GOP because they were too liberal)
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To: All
cont.

CIRCA 2000---Javier Inclan, was (a) the Hudson County Clerk, (b) bagman for the New Jersey Democratic Party machine, and went straight to the top---(3) appointed then- NJ governor Corzine's Deputy COS.

As County Clerk Inclan was manufacturing identities for illegals---stealing the info from legit Americans.

In August 2004, the US Department of State stopped accepting passport applications processed by Inclan's office. Birth certificates issued by Hudson County as proof of citizenship were also not being accepted. Due to an ongoing investigation by the State Department and the U.S. Department of Justice into the alleged sale of such documents.

In early August, Richard Boucher, a spokesperson for the State Department was quoted by Associated Press: "The investigation has developed facts indicating that we cannot rely on the accuracy of information on passport applications that were processed by the county clerk's office."

HERE'S HOW HE OPERATED Javier Inclan was carrying envelopes of cash from human trafficer Luisa Medrano to the Mayor who was convicted of corruption. Medrano testified at his trial that at one time she owned 13 residential and commercial properties in Union City, West New York, Guttenberg, Fairfield and Cliffside Park----one property was worth $1 million. Medrano also controlled six liquor licenses (it's illegal to have more than two in New Jersey).

Medrano does not even speak English. Clearly, this mamasita's got more than revenue from tequila shots going into her bank account.

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NEWS REPORT 03/30/2008, By Jim Hague, staff writer, The Hudson Reporter.

In 2005, Luisa Madrano, Cliffside Park, New Jersey, was arrested for trafficking in human beings. She's the ringleader of a human trafficking ring and is staring at 255 years in jail and $4.5 million in fines. She's lived a life of lies and deceit.

Medrano, who speaks no English, is the former owner of two bars in Union City and Guttenberg, both called Porto de la Union I and II. Medrano is "a convicted felon, who was guilty of evading $263,000 in taxes and dealing with illegal immigrants.

Luisa Medrano was arrested and faces 255 years in jail for [alleged] human trafficking with girls as young as 14 and kept them as virtual slaves in her bar-rooms, and forced them into prostitution.

Then-US Atty Christopher Christie said the time of Medrano's indictment for human trafficking that, 'This was inhuman and sadistic treatment of young women who were kept as virtual slaves. These are the most vile crimes I have ever seen in my time as US attorney."

The brutality involved is beyond imagination--corrupt Third World savagery taking place in residential neighborhoods.

Luisa Medrano was convicted of smuggling underaged teenaged girls from Honduras into the United States to work in her Union City and Guttenberg bar-rooms. Medrano forced the teens into slave labor in round the clock labor at her barrooms then forced the girls into prostitution.

There is at least one story illustrative of Medrano's savagery---repeatedly throwing a teenage girl down stair steps until she had a miscarriage.

Medrano resides in Cliffside Park, the hooker home of the notorious Emperor's Club that sank Gov Eliot Spitzer. Even more alarmingly, Medrano infiltrated government and is now testifying that she bribed government officials and gave the Mayor (on trial for corruption) money for gambling, and gave his wife money for a breast reduction.

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Betcha Medrano's slave laborers had several identities each collecting government freebies that Medrano probably confiscated----and were probably fraudulently registered to vote SEVERAL TIMES IN SEVERAL PRECINCTS.

Unfortunately (/snix), this did not help Corzine win reelection, even though he sucked up to latinos bigtime.

AMNESTY AND DEM LOSERS Ohaha's carefully laid plans for installing a permanent Dem Majority of amnestied illegals----might look like this flopola: Ohaha was heavly invested in the NJ gubernatorial race---one of only two statewide 2009 races w/ VA.

OBAMA WAS DESPERATE FOR NJ's CORZINE TO WIN W/ ILLEGAL VOTES--- Obama put the power of the WH machine behind Corzine.

The NY Times reported :
(a) every TV ad Corzine put on the air was being screened by Obama's WH team.
(b) Corzine's aides gave the WH daily briefings.
(c) Obama’s pollsters took over for Corzine’s polling team, and,
(d) White House operatives were on the ground for internal strategy sessions,

Vote-starved Democrats rigged the election with latino votes (so they thought)

(e) White House operatives were orchestrating obscure pep rallies with Latinos (kept secret from voters),
(f) Corzine had a "Peruvian Pac" endorsing him.
(g) Ohaha campaigned in the state three times, Biden was there twice. Ohaha TV ads ran relentlessly.
(h) Corzine promised to give illegals ‘driving credentials’ & in-state tuition.
(i) Corzine sucked up to illegal immigrants and REFUSED to enforce current immigration laws
(j)Corzine formed a Blue Ribbon committee of hypenates using tax dollars to mine votes for Corzine.
(k)Also sucking up to illegals was Sen Robert Menendez, a Corzine campaigner.

OTHER SALIENT POINTS

>> Incumbent Dem Jon Corzine (the wealthy loser) outspent the Repub winner Chris Chirstie about 4-1.
>> New Jersey has a huge Democratic registration.
>> Corzine bragged he had 20,000 paid union helpers on the ground election day to get out the vote.
>> There was a third party candidate siphoning off Republican votes.
>> Corzine had the power of incumbency.
>> Corzine had the power of a crooked Democrat Machine cooking the vote.
>> Ohaha hid $17.5 BILLION stimlulus in New Jersey.....for Corzine's reelection campaign.

18 posted on 07/01/2010 7:52:15 AM PDT by Liz
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To: TommyDale

Thanks for the realtime report. The evidence is mounting. They are blanketing the US with these schemes. More below.


19 posted on 07/01/2010 7:54:26 AM PDT by Liz
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To: All
Identity theft schemes upclose.

June 11, 2010
2 Fresno-Area Residents Indicted for Producing Fraudulent Identity Documents
ICE.gov - News Release
FR Posted June 14 by Cindy

FRESNO, Calif. - Two Fresno-area residents have been indicted by a federal grand jury for producing and selling counterfeit immigration and identity documents as a result of an investigation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Maria Ines Rangel-Lemus, 55, of Strathmore, Calif., and Cesar Perez Sanchez, 38, of Earlimart, Calif., are named in a multiple count indictment charging them with conspiracy, possession, transfer, production, and sale of fraudulent United States immigration and Social Security identification documents.

The two, who face a maximum sentence of up to15 years in prison, are scheduled to appear before a U.S. magistrate judge June 17. The indictment alleges that, between January 13 and June 2, Rangel-Lemus and Sanchez produced and sold fraudulent Social Security cards and "green cards."

According to the court documents, prospective purchasers would meet Rangel-Lemus at a designated location in Tulare County, providing pictures and biographical details. Rangel-Lemus would contact Sanchez to pick up the pictures and information. Sanchez would then produce the fraudulent documents at his residence and return them to Rangel-Lemus, who would provide them to the purchasers.

ICE agents executed a federal search warrant at Rangel-Lemus' and Sanchez's residences June 2 where they discovered fraudulent documents along with document-making supplies and equipment. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Susan Phan and Ian Garriques representing the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of California.

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May 25, 2010
Nine charged in phony IDs case
San Antonio Express News | Guillermo Contreras
R Posted on Tuesday, May 25, 2010 by Racehorse

Agents with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement have taken down a ring accused of providing fake identities for hundreds of people in San Antonio and Austin. After six months of investigation, ICE agents charged nine people in the case, and seven have been arrested. The other two, one of whom is one of the ringleaders, remain at large.

At a hearing in federal court Monday in San Antonio for one of the suspects, ICE agent Timothy McElligott testified about a series of raids in San Antonio and Austin that turned up document-making equipment, blank identity cards stock and Social Security cards.

The ring was “distributing and selling drivers' licenses from different states, identity documents and immigration-related documents like Social Security cards and green cards,” said Jerry Robinette, special agent in charge of ICE in San Antonio, whose territory includes Austin and stretches to the Rio Grande Valley.

The fakes also included drivers' licenses from other countries, such as Honduras, McElligott testified. All the suspects are either Mexican nationals or undocumented immigrants, according to ICE. The documents generally sold for $100 each, agents found. An undercover agent bought a fake green card, Social Security card and Texas driver's license during the probe.

McElligott testified that suspect Johnnys Amilca Raudales Moncada admitted to being one of the sellers of the counterfeit documents, though the suspect argued at Monday's hearing that he did not participate.

The suspect was one of two men found when agents served a search warrant at an apartment in the 9200 block of North Plaza in Austin. Investigators believe the ring was led in San Antonio by Gregory Hernandez Trolle and in Austin by a man tentatively identified as Carlos Saldaña. Trolle is in custody without bond and waived his preliminary and bail hearing, along with five of the other suspects, leaving Amilca Raudales Moncada as the lone suspect to contest the agents' evidence.

Hernandez, whose apartment in the 10300 block of Sahara in San Antonio was raided May 12, admitted to agents that he manufactured “at least 1,000” counterfeit IDs in the past four months, McElligott testified. Saldaña has not been found since agents initially saw him at one of the target locations during their investigation, according to McElligott. McElligott testified that the ring spent about $15,000 on document-making machines and supplies from Alpha Card, an Oregon company that provides similar equipment for government agencies or private businesses, which use the equipment to make identifications for employees.

At Monday's hearing, U.S. Magistrate Judge Nancy Nowak found probable cause that Amilca Raudales Moncada was involved in the conspiracy to make, possess or transfer fake identification documents. She ordered him detained without bond.Also charged are Miguel “Joel” Vasquez Diaz, Alexander Perez, Leonel Gobos Murillo, Bernardina “Brenda” Rodriguez, Daniel Alberto Chacon Ramon and a suspect not in custody whose name was not released.

The case is likely to be presented to a grand jury in the coming weeks. If convicted, each suspect faces up to five years in prison. http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/local_news/nine_charged_inphony_ids_case_94800264.html

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June 21, 2006
2 Texans accused of planning to sell counterfeit IDs

NORTH BERGEN, NJ -- (AP) ---The Pelcastre brothers were a walking threat to national security -- expert document forgers who, for a few thousand dollars, could give anyone a new identity, authorities said. (ED. The invaders peddle drugs for money to buy fake documents.)

When police stumbled across the Pelcastre brothers, the men had turned a Tonnelle Avenue hotel room into a business office and were readying a massive cache of fake Social Security cards for delivery to a local identity broker.

The brothers, Angel, 31, and Jorge, 34, both of Dallas, were a "one-stop shop" for a myriad of government documents, including birth certificates, Social Security cards, driver's licenses for any state in the country including passports and resident alien cards .

If terrorists were able to get their hands on this stuff they'd have free passage throughout the country. Note that Mexico is the global staging area for any individual seeking entry across US borders.

A L/E task force happened upon two cars bearing Texas plates in the parking lot of the NJ hotel. Authorities wouldn't identify the hotel by name for fear it could hinder cooperation from other hotels in future investigations or spark retribution from savage, murderous drug lords. Members of the task force began watching the cars, a Chevrolet Impala and a Pontiac Firebird, and followed the brothers to an office supply store in a nearby shopping center, where the men purchased computer supplies.

Officers then followed the brothers to a self-storage facility in Secaucus, where they loaded several boxes from a storage unit into one of the cars, Jones said. One of the men stood lookout, which heightened police suspicion, he said. The brothers consented to a search of their cars, hotel room and the storage facility, he said. Police recovered laminating sheets with built-in security features, pages of blank documents waiting for fake names and information, finished documents, computers and software to create the fake IDs.

All told, the haul was worth about $500,000 on the street. Police also recovered $6,000 in cash, which was the first payment from a fake document broker for a shipment of 500 Social Security cards. "They were aggressively selling to brokers....not like selling driver's licenses to individuals. These were multiple layers of high-level documents. The brothers were being held in jail without bail on charges of possessing fraudulent documents and conspiracy to sell fraudulent documents. Federal charges are also pending against them.

20 posted on 07/01/2010 7:55:49 AM PDT by Liz
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To: Liz

” Latinos are infiltrating our govt agencies (they have crept into the the CIA and FBI, as well) for the purpose of rigging the system to help out their countrymen. Con’t below. “

Looks like they CONTROL DMV too.


21 posted on 07/01/2010 9:26:09 AM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (Support our Troops, and vote out the RINOS!)
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To: 1riot1ranger; Action-America; Aggie Mama; Alkhin; Allegra; American72; antivenom; Antoninus II; ...

Houston PING


22 posted on 07/01/2010 1:52:09 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (I wish our president loved the US military as much as he loves Paul McCartney.)
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To: Marty62

Bill White denies it. Elmer Fudd wouldn’t lie.


23 posted on 07/01/2010 1:53:57 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (I wish our president loved the US military as much as he loves Paul McCartney.)
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To: BradtotheBone
"Gracie Gutierrez"

Clearly an Amish name.

24 posted on 07/01/2010 1:54:08 PM PDT by Uncle Miltie (0bama calls us "Tea Baggers", so we can call Kagan a "Carpet Muncher," right?)
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To: Shermy

PING


25 posted on 07/01/2010 1:55:21 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (I wish our president loved the US military as much as he loves Paul McCartney.)
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To: wiggen

Agree...


26 posted on 07/01/2010 2:19:59 PM PDT by Squantos (Be polite. Be professional. But have a plan to kill everyone you meet)
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To: BradtotheBone

Houston should change its name to San Francisco II. =.=


27 posted on 07/01/2010 2:28:58 PM PDT by cranked
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To: null and void

/


28 posted on 07/01/2010 3:43:58 PM PDT by happinesswithoutpeace (1.416785(71) x 10^32)
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To: 1_Inch_Group; 2sheep; 2Trievers; 3AngelaD; 3pools; 3rdcanyon; 4Freedom; 4ourprogeny; 7.62 x 51mm; ..

Ping!


29 posted on 07/01/2010 3:50:23 PM PDT by HiJinx (John 10:1 - He who enters not by the gate...)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

GUILTY!

Meskin! Wetback!


30 posted on 07/01/2010 6:56:21 PM PDT by secondamendmentkid
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To: dragnet2

Do we even know if these two are even legal themselves?


31 posted on 07/01/2010 10:17:36 PM PDT by Wisconsinlady
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

She’s got that look of hate written all over her face.


32 posted on 07/01/2010 10:43:30 PM PDT by dragnet2
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To: BradtotheBone

So tell me some NEWS! LOL.


33 posted on 07/02/2010 4:30:47 AM PDT by 2harddrive
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To: BradtotheBone; All

This issue may be more widespread. My Tx Driver license expired at the end of May. I failed to get a renewal notice in the mail as my wife recently did; however, I did go on line and renew on May 23. Along with that renewal came a renewal code, and a temporary extension of my drivers’ license for 45 days after may 23, and a statement that my license renewal would be processed within 20 days.

Well, as of this week, I still hadn’t received it, so I tried to contact the Tx DPS by phone. Received a voice response that they were backed up on the phone and to call later. I tried several times with the same result, so contacted them online. The instructions said that a response would normally be provided within 3 days, but due to their being backed up, please allow 5 days for a response.

I did receive an email response after 1 1/2 days, stating that my renewed license had been mailed on June 13. I responded, requesting what they suggest I do, and I still haven’t received a reply after two days.

I don’t know where my concern should lie: with the post office (I received neither the renewal notification as I should have, nor the renewed driver license, which makes me suspicious that someone there may be stealing these and selling them for identity theft purposes - the post office sees all my envelopes from my brokerage firm and my bank, so someone there or a group could be targeting people with such types of mail), or with the Tx DPS.

My wife did go by the post office for me yesterday, and she was allowed to talk to a supervisor, who only referred her to my carrier, who stated that he had delivered all my mail.
Are they in collusion to steal and sell drivers’ licenses? I don’t have a clue.

I’m going to take time off from work this afternoon to visit a local Tx DPS office to see what I can do to get my driver license issue resolved.

But the problem is much deeper. It’s not so much the $24 renewal fee, but the fact that someone could be using my identity that concerns me. So, I think I should do more than merely resolving my license issue.

Does anyone out there with legal knowledge have any suggestions for me?


34 posted on 07/02/2010 7:39:56 AM PDT by Real Cynic No More (The mighty zero, obama,does not warrant the respect necessary for his name to be capitalized.)
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