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P.O. Box 600
Trenton, NJ

Contact: Micah Rasmussen

RELEASE: December 26, 2002

Camden DMV customer
arrested, charged with document fraud

(Trenton) – A customer at the Division of Motor Vehicle agency in Camden was arrested Friday, Dec. 20, charged with attempting to secure a New Jersey identification card with fraudulent documents.

Antonia Silva, 27, of Mexico, presented a birth certificate, a Social Security card and a New Jersey Examination (driving) Permit with a Camden address to a DMV clerk as verification of her identity. The name on the documents was Rosa Jamie-Rosario. After a visual inspection of the documents, the clerk determined that they were altered. The clerk summoned the Camden Police Department, who arrested and charged Silva with impersonation and theft of identity.

According to investigators and Camden agency employees, Silva said she paid $1,500 to an unidentified person in New Brunswick for the fraudulent documents and a cab ride to Camden.

Silva is being held at the Camden County Jail.

In the past six months, nearly 80 people have been arrested for using fraudulent documents to obtain New Jersey driver’s licenses at DMV agencies. DMV Director Diane Legreide attributes the arrests to the agency’s heightened awareness of the problem of identity theft.

"Document fraud and identity theft affects us all," Legreide said. "It’s incumbent upon on us to ensure people who receive driver’s licenses and registrations are who they say they are. For the safety and security of all New Jerseyans, we are vigorously chasing down and prosecuting all cases and will continue to do so."

In response to the growing problem of document fraud and identity theft, Transportation Commissioner Jamie Fox and Attorney General David Samson announced the creation of a joint Document Fraud Task Force in October. The new training program is one of a series of corrective measures recommended by Gov. James E. McGreevey’s Fix DMV Commission.

The Commission recommended that DMV immediately institute document fraud training for the 500 employees at the division’s 45 agencies statewide. DMV staff, working in conjunction with the State Police, the Attorney General’s Office and the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators (AAMVA), developed a curriculum and a task force dedicated to training staff. The task force is being led by DMV fraudulent document expert, Joseph Vasil.

In the past four months, Vasil has conducted document fraud training classes for a total of 90 employees at nine DMV agencies.

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