Six people were arrested Wednesday and charged in federal court with allegedly providing stolen identification cards, drivers’s licenses, and other documents to undocumented immigrants through a Registry of Motor Vehicles office in Boston, according to the US attorney’s office.
Four of the six people worked as clerks at the Haymarket Registry office downtown. All six were charged with aggravated identity theft, prosecutors said.
The four clerks were identified as Evelyn Medina, 56, of Boston, Annette Gracia, 37, of Boston, Kimberly Jordan, 33, of Randolph, and David Brimage, 46, of Boston. They are alleged to have worked with a document vendor and a document dealer to provide licenses and identification cards to undocumented immigrants for cash.
The document dealer is identified by several aliases, including “Flako,” in the statement from the US attorney, because his identity and nationality are not yet determined.
Prosecutors allege that Flako sold a Puerto Rican birth certificate and US Social Security card to Bivian Yohanny Brea, 41, of Boston, for about $900. Brea would then act as a document vendor, selling the stolen identities for more than $2,000 to people who were seeking “legitimate identities” in Massachusetts, the statement said.
Officials at the Registry did not immediately return calls from the Globe Wednesday evening.
Prosecutors said Brea’s clients included undocumented immigrants, people who had been previously deported, and a person who had admitted to previously facing drug charges.
Brea would also use fake documents, identities, and addresses to fraudulently register her clients to vote in Boston, prosecutors said.
Along with her clients, Brea would bring the stolen identities to the Haymarket Registry, where one of the four clerks arrested on Wednesday would accept cash in exchange for illegally issuing authentic documents, including state driver’s licenses and identification cards, authorities said.
The clerks, according to authorities, would also accept cash to use the Registry’s database to run queries included Social Security number audits, to confirm that Brea’s clients were stealing the identities of verifiable people.
Massachusetts Secretary of State William F. Galvin said in a phone interview Wednesday night the Department of Homeland Security notified his office of the names of 29 people who received forged documents connected with the alleged scam.
Of that number, Galvin said no more than 10 had tried to register to vote. He said no one on the list had actually voted in Massachusetts.
“We’re sure they did not vote,” he said.
Galvin thought some of those on Homeland Security’s list had most likely wanted to use voter registration as an additional document to verify their false identity.
At least 20 people received false documentation under the scheme, according to a federal affidavit of a homeland security special agent.
Authorities were first tipped off to an alleged false documentation scheme involving the Registry from an anonymous letter in 2015, prosecutors said in a statement. During the subsequent investigation, Homeland Security agents used informants to document the alleged identity theft and the payoffs for faked documentation, according to court records.
The investigation into the matter is ongoing, according to federal authorities.Danny McDonald can be reached at daniel.mcdonald@