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A driver’s license is the golden ticket that allows you to prove positive identity, gain employment, operate a vehicle and enjoy other privileges within the United States. A story posted on KMBC.com tells about a Kansas driver’s license examiner who is accused of issuing fake IDs to people who were unable to legally obtain them in exchange for payment.

The story states that the driver’s license examiner allegedly accepted $2,500 for each fake ID that she issued to dozens of people. To date, nearly 40 people have been charged in the bribery case. (It is important to note that the examiner supposedly made up fake ID numbers and did not steal identities to carry out the crime.)

Further research revealed that many of the people arrested in connection with this case were undocumented workers trying to obtain a fake license. (Many undocumented workers are desperate to obtain a driver’s license, and will pay a lot to get one because it opens a lot of doors for them.)

While the coveted golden tickets awarded in a classic movie about a chocolate factory tour brought many surprises to the bearers, so did the unlawful issue of many driver’s licenses in this particular case. (They weren’t counting on getting arrested.) As always, the people charged in this case are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. (It’s up to the judge to determine the outcome, especially for the 28-year-old woman who allegedly issued the fake IDs.)

Source: Today’s ”Fraud of the Day” is based on an article entitled ”Massive Driver’s License Fraud Uncovered at Local DMV” posted on KMBC.com on April 24, 2015.

OLATHE, Kan. —A driver’s license examiner is accused of taking bribes to make driver’s licenses for people who could not legally obtain them.

Johnson County investigators said Samantha Moore, 28, worked at the license office in Mission. She is accused of taking $2,500 each to make licenses for dozens of people.

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Larry Benson, Senior Director of Strategic Alliances, LexisNexis Risk Solutions - Government

Larry Benson is responsible for developing strategic partnerships and solutions for the government vertical. His expertise focuses on how government programs are defrauded by criminal groups, and the approaches necessary to prevent them from succeeding.

Mr. Benson has 30 years of experience in sales and business development. Before joining LexisNexis® Risk Solutions, he spent 12 years founding and managing two software technology startups. During the 1990s he spent 10 years as a Regional Director helping to grow a New England-based technology company from 300 employees to 7,000. He started his career with Martin Marietta Aerospace working on laser guided weapons and day/night vision systems.

A sought-after speaker and accomplished writer, Mr. Benson is the principal author of “Fraud of the Day,” a website dedicated to educating government officials about how criminals are defrauding government programs. He has co-authored WTF? Where’s the Fraud? How to Unmask and Stop Identity Fraud’s Drain on Our Government, and Data Personified, How Fraud is Changing the Meaning of Identity.

Benson holds a Bachelor of Science in Physics from Albright College, and earned two graduate degrees – a Master of Business Administration from Florida Institute of Technology, and a Master of Science in Engineering from Lehigh University.