MERCED — A 47-year-old Madera woman was sentenced to four years in prison for acquiring California driver's licenses illegally and then selling them, the U.S. Attorney's Office reported Monday.
U.S. District Judge Lawrence J. O'Neill sentenced Rosemary Fierros on Monday. A jury previously found her guilty in February of 31 counts of conspiracy to sell the licenses to ineligible individuals.
Prosecutors said Fierros recruited recipients of driver's licenses and used "brokers" to find others willing to participate in the scheme.
Prosecutors said she passed the money along with the recipients' information for license applications to her brother, Alfonso Casarez, 50, of Fresno. He worked for the state Department of Motor Vehicles as a senior motor vehicle technician.
Fierros charged $1,000 or more for a Class A commercial vehicle license and several hundred dollars for a standard Class C automotive license, the U.S. Attorney's Office said.
Those purchasing the licenses were to apply at a DMV office, pay license fees, take a photograph and obtain a receipt. Casarez then electronically altered DMV records to reflect the applicants had passed required written and behind-the-wheel tests, prosecutors said.