- Associated Press - Friday, April 18, 2014

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A federal judge has refused to throw out a Richmond woman’s 14-year prison sentence for helping illegal aliens obtain driver’s licenses and other identification.

In a four-paragraph opinion Thursday, U.S. District Judge Henry Hudson rejected Cynthia Salamanca’s claim that her sentence is unconstitutional. Salamanca cited a 2013 U.S. Supreme Court ruling that any fact that increases a mandatory minimum sentence must be considered by a jury.

Salamanca obtained Social Security cards and birth certificates from U.S. citizens and sold them to illegal aliens, whom she accompanied to the Department of Motor Vehicles and other agencies to get official ID cards. She bribed a DMV employee to assist in the scam.

Salamanca pleaded guilty to seven fraud and identity theft charges.

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