A worker at the Virginia State Department of Motor Vehicles along with her accomplices entered guilty pleas in a federal case involving a conspiracy to provide DMV driver licenses to illegal aliens, according to a Friday statement from Valerie Parlave, assistant director in charge of the FBI’s Washington, D.C., Field Office.
Maria Cavallaro, 45, of Springfield, Va., pleaded guilty to accepting bribes while employed as a DMV employee from 2007 to 2011. Jose Calderon and Noemi Barboza, both 42 and of Sterling, Va., also pleaded guilty to charges stemming from the bribery and illegal alien identity scheme.
According to court documents, from September 2007 to July 2010, Calderon demanded money from illegal aliens in return for aiding them in securing legitimate DMV documents for which the illegal aliens were not eligible to receive.
After Calderon collected cash from these ineligible applicants, he and Barboza provided DMV employee Maria Cavallaro a portion of the money as a bribe to induce her to falsely verify that the illegal aliens possessed bona fide documentation that’s mandated in order to establish eligibility for issuance of the requested DMV documents.
Calderon and Barboza also accompanied ineligible applicants to the DMV Service Center located at the Fair Oaks Mall in Virginia and directed them to Cavallaro.
Together, Calderon and Barboza admitted they brought more than 100 illegal aliens to Cavallaro. In exchange for hundreds of dollars per applicant, Cavallaro illegally processed their applications.
According to the prosecutor, by falsely verifying that the illegal aliens had produced authentic documentation, Cavallaro caused Virginia’s DMV to issue driver’s licenses, learner’s permits, and identification cards to individuals who were not eligible to obtain them.
Cavallaro, Calderon, and Barboza are scheduled to be sentenced on January 31, 2013. Cavallaro faces a maximum penalty of 10 years. Calderon and Barboza each face a five-year maximum sentence.