On May 21st, 2013

Madera Woman Sentenced To Prison In Driver License Scheme

Rosemary Fierros, 47, of Madera, was sentenced Monday, May 20, 2013  to four years in prison for her role in a scheme to issue California driver licenses to people who either did not take a written or behind-the-wheel test or failed to pass those tests.  Thirteen people in connection with the scheme have been convicted.  A jury found Fierros guilty in February.

"These people were providing California 'Class C' and 'Class A'  driver licenses to people for a price," said California Statewide Law Enforcement Association (CSLEA) President Alan Barcelona.  "One of the convicted worked at the DMV as a Senior Motor Vehicle Technician.  Our CSLEA members who are DMV investigators worked, along with other agencies, to shut this ring down."

According to evidence, Fierros recruited and took money from people who wanted a driver license but did not  want to take the required tests or could not pass the required tests. She then passed the money and information to her brother, Alfonzo Casarez, 50, of Fresno, who worked for the DMV.  Fierros charged $1,000 or more for  a "Class A" commercial license and several hundred dollars for  "Class C" driver licenses.

Casarez has pleaded guilty to charges for his involvement in the conspiracy and is scheduled to be sentenced June 10, 2013.  He faces up to five years in prison.

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