Greenbelt, MD —  Warner Antonio Portillo admitted to his part in a conspiracy that included bribing employees of the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration to obtain fake licenses.

Portillo, 34, of Manassas, Virginia, pleaded guilty today to conspiracy to produce and transfer identification documents without lawful authority, specifically, Maryland driver’s licenses.

Between July 2015 and March 2016, Portillo conspired with two employees of the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration Largo, Maryland branch office to produce and transfer Maryland driver’s licenses for aliens without legal status and others who were unable to legally get a driver’s license. This scam resulted in at least 276 fake licenses being created.

The applicants paid Portillo and his co-conspirators between $800 and $5,000 in cash for each fraudulently issued Maryland driver’s license.

Portillo provided addresses, and other information that applicants wished to appear on their Maryland driver’s licenses to his co-conspirators at the MVA and also provided  he applicants  with fraudulent documents necessary to obtain a Maryland driver’s license.

Those fake documents included 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 took the applicants to the Largo office and made sure they went to the workstations belonging to his co-conspirators. His partners in the scam then produced Maryland driver’s licenses.

Portillo paid the MVA conspirators bribes of between approximately $500 and $1,000 in cash for each ID. 

Portillo faces a maximum sentence of 15 years in prison for the conspiracy.