Skip to comments.Woman faces up to 330 years
Posted on 12/23/2006 7:11:21 AM PST by Graybeard58
BRIDGEPORT -- A Waterbury woman who worked as an examiner for state Department of Motor Vehicles has been convicted of participating in a scheme to sell hundreds of driver's licenses to illegal immigrants and felons.
Janette Rodriguez-Roman, 34, of 56 Diane Terrace in Waterbury, collapsed into sobs as the verdict was announced Thursday in Bridgeport Superior Court.
"Oh my God! Oh my God, my children, my children," she cried as marshals handcuffed her and led her away. Her lawyer said she has "four or five" children and was in process of adopting another.
Rodriguez-Roman was convicted of 38 counts, including violating the state Corrupt Organizations Racketeering Act and multiple counts of bribery, bribe receiving, conspiracy to commit bribe receiving and second-degree forgery.
She remains jailed on $400,000 bond. Her attorney, Robert Serafinowicz of New Haven, said she likely will appeal.
Rodriguez-Roman is the fifth former Bridgeport motor vehicles worker to be prosecuted in the scheme to sell thousands of illegal licenses, but the first to go to trial.
The other four have pleaded guilty and have been sentenced.
Serafinowicz said he believes the jury's decision was based more on fears of terrorists gaining licenses than hard evidence against his client.
He also attacked the credibility of the witnesses, noting one man had frequent run-ins with the law.
"I don't know how you would believe anything said by any of them beyond a reasonable doubt," Serafinowicz said.
Rodriguez-Roman faces up to 330 years in prison when she is sentenced Feb. 2.
The alleged ringleaders of the scheme, Venita Bines, of Bridgeport, and Tracy Stevenson-Lucas, of Stratford, are serving 7-year sentences.
Authorities said the defendants sold more than 1,500 licenses and nearly 1,000 Connecticut identification cards between June 2000 and December 2004. The state has recovered only a small portion of the licenses, authorities have said.
"The state has recovered only a small portion of the licenses, authorities have said." Now that she has been convicted, they should get cracking on cleaning this up. Those with fraudulent licenses need to be rounded up and deported for having broken our laws.
Do you think she meant her kids, or her clients?
That's not the standard. Any particular witness does not need to be believed beyond a reasonable doubt, only your client's guilt.
Sounds like she's a good candidate for a pardon. Didn't Bush just hand a bunch of them out?
She took her chances and went to trial, the others pled guilty and received 7 years. My impression is that she might have been relying on her motherhood for an out.
The moral of the story, is NEVER take a short cut in life. Don't ever put your self in a position where someone else can control your life.
Note the tone of the author is this article. Hardly fair and balanced.
Absolutely. My wife says she will never vote for Newt or Rudy. They are both known cheaters. For her, that trumps all the good things one might find in them.
I hate to see a mother with children go to jail, but thanks to her, 2500 illegals now have jobs, apartments and a foot in the door. Aye caramba!
Look on the bright side: She'll only be 364 when she gets out.
Woman faces up to 330 years.
Now that would send shock waves thru all the state's DMV's.
This will put fear into others participating in the same or similar schemes.
"Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached." - Manuel II Palelologus
Look what happens when you believe that "everybody does it." Will Lieberman. Dodd and other promulgators of the lie take care of her children?
I have 2 or 3 kids myself, love them all.
That's not much longer than citizens have to wait to renew their licenses in states like mine (Tennessee) where illegals are given licenses.
330 years?? I think that's excessive
faces up to 330 years but that is not the sentence. But it looks good in the press.
She's worried about her children?!! She should have thought about that before she broke the law!
Upto 330 years? Isn't that excessive? Sandy Burglar got a slap on the wrist.
"I have 2 or 3 kids myself, love them all."
Heh...today's "whatever" attitude, by her lawyer, no less.
And maybe some more Al Queda pilots in training have new ID.
Not likely people lik Teddy Kennedy or Pelosi will get the word, but if we can depend on juries to put these people down for 330 years at a whack the cost of bringing in illegals will increase dramatically.
Don't worry. The actual sentence will be more like 330 lashes with a wet noodle. Or it would be if corporal punishment were allowed.
You sure sound like a jackass to me.
That's ok. Being an average American I have 2.1 kids myself.
This is a great beginning.
After she goes to prison, civil lawsuits can filed against her for damages done by the illegal aliens with the illegal licenses.
She was convicted on 38 counts. So that 330 is if they gave her the maximum on every count and have her serve all sentences consecutively. I don't believe that has ever happened.
She probably will get ten to fifteen.
If he catches wind that it was to benefit illegal aliens---probably.
I bet it's a hoot to try and find shoes and clothes for that .1 child. :-)
"La Mordida" ever increasing. Our Diversity Is Truly Our Strength!
Up to 330 yrs in prison?Serves her right.No sympathy.
Damn straight. Nothing will discourage similar schemes in the future like her severed head on a pike next to the city gates. Metaphorically speaking, of course.
So, she's shocked because she got convicted for doing something illegal. My heart just doesn't bleed for her...or her 4 or 5 kids. She should have thought about her 4 or 5 kids before she broke the law....but that would be logical right?
Your wife is right. She is a smart lady. I will not vote for known adulators either. If you cannot be true to your spouse, then you certainly cannot be trusted to do what is good for the public interest. I like Newt and think he is very intelligent but he has an uncontrollable sexual area in his life that could be used to destroy him politically. Rudy too does not have that area of his life under control. He doesn't even seem to recognize it as a problem. Bill Clinton was the same and look what we suffered with for 8 years.
Lots of people feel that way. Something the Republicans should take note of. That is also not their only negatives. Rudy has enough to fill a truck and Newt also.
This is not a personal slam on them, only an observation.
Just an observation. "4 or 5 kids" how does someone not know how many kids she has and that includes her lawyer who's been on this case for years.
330 years is the maximum if all were served to completion. Sersational headline with no real base in reality. She'll probably get 10-15. She should have taken the plea bargain. She rolled the crap-dice of life and crapped out. She cost the taxpayers extra for the trial and should be punished.
Personally she should get 20-life if I was the judge.
Well, Merry Christmas to you, too. When I was in the Marine Corps we were taught to respect our elders.
I'm sure the state employee's union will go to bat for her.
Guess you did not learn to respect your Commander-In-Chief during time of war when all he is trying to do is protect you and yours from being killed like the poor souls on 9/11. I did in the Marine Corps. They taught us integrity and loyalty. Guess you did not grasp those. Don't spout Semper Fi to me when you can't live it.
I pulled your post 35. It looks like you didn't get the memo - no variation of the f-bomb is allowed on FR. Please clean up the language in future posts.
Why didn't she think of her kids before she decided to ruin their future, as well as hers?
While I know little about adoption, I would think that most courts and adoption agencies wouyld take a dim view of being charged with felony offences.
The case was broken in 2004 and her lawyer still thinks she *may* be allowed to adopt? Grab a hanky ambulance chaser. Maybe work on this case probono so the lady can afford the bail.
In addition to what she's already been convicted of, she's also liable to state and federal prosecution as an accessory to whatever crimes were committed using these false IDs -- not to mention the back taxes, interest and penalties arising from the unreported income.
You had better go find somebody to get that nasty thorn out of your paw. It has turned you into a blithering idiot.
Cripes! That oh, my children" crap is right down there with someone murdering hs parents and then asking for a pardon because he is an orphan!
The punishment must send a shockwave through any who would consider doing the same crime. It should make them think seriously about what it could cost them. It is treason. Think about that.
That would be the case where our government actually hunted down the smuggler in Mexico, gave him immunity, and brought him back to testify against the agents.