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United States of America v. Warner Antonio Portillo
Case Number: 8:19-cr-00321-TDC
Judge: Theodore D. Chuang
Court: United States District Court for the District of Maryland (Prince William's County)
Plaintiff's Attorney: Kelly O. Hayes
Defendant's Attorney: Danny C. Onorato
Greenbelt, MD - Virginia Man Pleads Guilty to Federal Charge Relating to a Scheme to Provide Fraudulent Maryland Driverís Licenses to Applicants Who Paid a Fee
Conspiracy Included Bribe Payments to Two Employees of the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration
Warner Antonio Portillo, age 34, of Manassas, Virginia, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to produce and transfer identification documents without lawful authority, specifically, Maryland driverís licenses.
According to his plea agreement, from at least July 2015 through March 2016, Portillo conspired with two employees of the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration (MVA conspirators), who worked in the Largo, Maryland branch office, and others, to produce and transfer Maryland driverís licenses without lawful authority. Specifically, Portillo and others met with prospective Maryland driverís license applicants who were willing to pay money to obtain a driverís license illegally, typically because the applicants were aliens without legal status in the United States or were otherwise unable to obtain a lawfully issued driverís license. The applicants paid Portillo and his co-conspirators between $800 and $5,000 in cash for each fraudulently issued Maryland driverís license.
Portillo admitted that he gave the MVA conspirators the names, addresses, and other information that applicants wished to appear on their Maryland driverís licenses. Portillo provided the applicants and the MVA conspirators with fraudulent documents necessary to obtain a Maryland driverís license, including proof of payment of taxes, proof of Maryland residence, a valid license number from Motor Vehicle Departments in other states, and an identification document. Portillo and others assisted the applicants to travel to the Largo branch of the MVA, and directed the applicants to one of the MVA conspiratorsí workstations, where applicants obtained Maryland driverís licenses produced by the MVA conspirators without lawful authority.
Portillo paid the MVA conspirators bribes of between approximately $500 and $1,000 in cash for each fraudulently issued Maryland driverís license transferred to the applicants. The conspiracy resulted in the unlawful production and transfer of at least 276 Maryland driverís licenses.
Portillo faces a maximum sentence of 15 years in prison for the conspiracy. As part of his plea agreement, Portillo will also be required to pay a money judgment of at least $276,000, which constitutes assets derived from or obtained by Portillo as a result of the conspiracy. U.S. District Judge Theodore D. Chuang has scheduled sentencing for December 19, 2019, at 2:00 p.m.
United States Attorney Robert K. Hur commended HSI for its work in the investigation and thanked the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration Investigation and Security Services for its assistance.
Outcome: 08/13/2019 5 NOTICE OF ATTORNEY APPEARANCE: Danny C Onorato as Retained Counsel appearing for Warner Antonio Portillo(Onorato, Danny) (Entered: 08/13/2019)