Jurors deliberate in NM driver's license case

Posted at: 05/04/2013 12:47 PM
By: The Associated Press

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Jurors are deliberating the case of a man accused in a driver's license scam that involved Chinese foreign nationals who were in the U.S. illegally.

Gordon Leong is charged with 110 felony counts in connection with a scheme that involved securing New Mexico driver's licenses for more than 60 people.

Prosecutors say the 24-year-old Leong and others used fraudulent documents to get the licenses.

The Albuquerque Journal reports that the licenses were issued by the Motor Vehicle Division or its private contractors to Chinese nationals who flew in and out of New Mexico on a quick turnaround to acquire them.

When state discovered the alleged conspiracy, the licenses were cancelled.

Gov. Susana Martinez has been unsuccessful in her effort to halt driver's licenses for those in the country illegally.

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