|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE||December 21, 2010|
|NEWS FROM: Compliance Enforcement Division||10-022|
A Las Vegas man employed by a contractor at McCarran International Airport was arrested after the Department of Motor Vehicles’ facial recognition system confirmed he was using a false identity.
Alexander Chan Ngo, 52, was working under the name of Alexander R. Chango as a wheelchair supervisor for a McCarran contractor, Prospect Airport Services. An immigrant from the Philippines, Ngo possessed valid U.S. Permanent Resident Cards, Social Security numbers and Nevada Driver Licenses under both identities.
The DMV cancelled both driver licenses following the facial recognition match. Investigators questioned, then arrested Ngo when he inquired about the cancellations. Ngo was taken into custody December 16 and booked into the Clark County Detention Center on three felony charges relating to the possession and use of false personal information and burglary.
Ngo told DMV investigators he arrived in the U.S. on a tourist visa in 1986 and was unable to qualify for permanent status. He obtained a false birth certificate and employment letter in California to obtain legal status under the name Chango in 1990.
In 1995, Ngo married under his real name and obtained legal status under the name Ngo. He was divorced in 1999 and had been working as Chango to avoid paying child support and alimony.
The Transportation Services Authority terminated Ngo’s employment immediately and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) revoked both of his permanent resident cards. ICE is continuing its investigation and has placed a detainer on his release pending possible federal charges and deportation.
“DMV facial recognition is proving to be an invaluable tool for law enforcement agencies across the board,” said DMV Director Edgar Roberts. “We are glad to ferret out these types of old cases and assist other agencies in bringing wrongdoers to justice.”
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