County residents sentenced in fake ID scheme September 14, 2014
County residents sentenced in fake ID scheme
The last two Prince George’s County residents charged in a scheme to produce and sell fake Maryland driver’s licenses to illegal immigrants were each sentenced to 15 months in prison.
Avanti Blackwell, 26, of Accokeek and Evita Baker, 25, of Forestville, will also serve two years probation and were ordered to forfeit $97,250, and $59,500, respectively, buy fake ids announced federal prosecutors on Friday.
Blackwell and Baker both pled guilty to participating in a scheme to sell fraudulent Maryland driver licenses, typically to illegal immigrants, for $2,000 each. Co defendants in the case, Patrick Gordon and Natalie Palmer, both of Upper Marlboro, are already sentenced to more than three years in jail.
According to the defendants plea agreements, Blackwell, scannable fake ids a former Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration employee, would obtain the false information that customers wanted on their fake IDs from Gordon and Palmer. Blackwell would then forward that information to Baker, who worked at the MVA Largo branch. Gordon and Palmer would escort their customers to the MVA and send them to Baker workstation, where she would process the information and provide the IDs.
For each fake ID made, Blackwell and Baker would be paid $1,000 to split between them, prosecutors said.
In a statement about Palmer sentencing in January 2010, filltrustid.com prosecutors said approximately 65 fake IDs were made through the scheme between June 2007 and June 2008.