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2016-09-15

Former state employee sentenced in fraudulent drivers license scheme

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In San Antonio, Jose A. Ytuarte, 54, a former Texas Department of Public Safety Customer Service Representative in Hondo, was sentenced to 18 months in federal prison followed by two years of supervised release for his role in a scheme to provide fraudulent drivers’ licenses to undocumented aliens.
United States Attorney Richard L. Durbin Jr. and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Special Agent in Charge Christopher Combs, San Antonio Division jointly announced Ytuarte’s sentence.
On March 31, 2016, Ytuarte pleaded guilty to one count of use of interstate communication facility in aid of unlawful activity – bribery. By pleading guilty, Ytuarte admitted that from May 2013 to July 2015, he accepted cash bribes from a co-conspirator in exchange for inputting materially fraudulent information. He entered into the DPS computer system false information that undocumented individuals had, in fact, been born in the United States. This enabled driver’s licenses to be issued to undocumented aliens.
Ytuarte’s co-defendant, Azeez Mistry, 45, of San Antonio, is charged in the conspiracy count. He is also charged with three counts of transfer of false identification documents and one count of use of an interstate communication facility in aid of unlawful activity – bribery.
According to the indictment in this case, Mistry would direct undocumented and documented aliens who could not get a driver’s license legally to Ytuarte. Mistry would charge between $1,000 and $5,000 for each license and then pay a portion of that fee to Ytuarte as a cash bribe.
Ytuarte remains on bond pending notification of facility designation by the personnel with the United States Bureau of Prisons. Mistry, who is currently on bond, was scheduled to be re-arraigned Monday, Sept. 12, before United States Magistrate Judge John W. Primomo.
This case was investigated by the FBI, Texas Rangers and US Customs and Border Protection. Assistant United States Attorney Christina Playton is prosecuting this case on behalf of the Government.