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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                                January 9, 2001
NEWS FROM: Nevada Division of Investigation                                                                      01-002
                          Nevada Highway Patrol

Northern Nevada Auto Theft Task Force Arrests
Fraudulent ID and International Driving Permit Ringleader

Investigators from the Northern Nevada Auto Theft Task Force, in cooperation with the US Department of Immigration and Naturalization Service and the Nevada Attorney General, arrested 27 year old Reno resident Isidro Alejandrez today. Alejandrez is charged with selling false Nevada Identification Cards and false International Driving Permits at his business. (Sale of identification cards or documents: NRS 207.330) He has posted bail, been released and he is due to appear in Washoe District court on 1/11/01.

The three month long investigation led the Northern Nevada Auto Theft Task Force (NNATTF) to Fast Tax, located at 501 South Wells in Reno. An undercover officer from the NNATTF purchased a Nevada Identification Card and an International Driving Permit from Fast Tax without furnishing any information other than a name. The NNATTF served a search warrant on the business, which is owned by Alejandrez, and discovered that 710 International Driving Permits had been issued in a three month period at a cost of $120.00 each. During the interview with Alejandrez, he indicated that he was obtaining the fraudulent ID cards and International Driving Permits from the Internet. A follow-up investigation has revealed that the Internet business is located in New York. NDI investigators are referring the New York investigation to the FBI for possible inquiry.

The investigation was brought to light by Justice of the Peace Judge Fidel Salcedo, who questioned documents that were brought to his courtroom by members of the Latino community who believed the documents to be valid in Nevada. These documents are not accepted by the courts, so individuals who purchase them are apparently being bilked out of money. Nevada Highway Patrol Troopers are also seeing an increase in the number of these illegal documents presented as valid ID by the drivers. NHP will seize the documents if they are presented as identification.

NNATTF investigator Scott Slobe believes this is a growing problem, particularly in the Latino community, "We think this arrest represents only a small percentage of the thousands of dollars that are currently being bilked from honest people only trying to gain employment in Nevada." Follow up investigations on additional businesses suspected of fraudulent ID sales are currently underway in Reno and Las Vegas.

Legal Nevada Identification cards can be obtained through the Department of Motor Vehicles and Public Safety.

Applicants must provide proof of their name, age and social security number. International Driving Permits must be purchased in the applicant's country of residence prior to entering the US. Applicants must also have a valid drivers license from their country of residence. For more information on the International Driving Permits, contact the California State Automobile Association at 775-826-8800.