- Associated Press - Thursday, October 30, 2014

HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) - Two former Mississippi Department of Public Safety employees and a third person have been sentenced on charges of conspiracy to commit identity theft.

Prosecutors say Yolanda Jean Perkins and Lorena Gomez, both of Laurel, and Elmer Enrique Martinez-Velasquez of Albertville, Alabama, a Mexican native who authorities say was living in the country illegally, pleaded guilty in August. They were sentenced this week in federal court in Hattiesburg.

Prosecutors say three were involved in the sale of 167 fraudulent driver’s licenses or ID cards.

Perkins was sentenced to two years in prison while Gomez got 39 months and Martinez-Velasquez got two years. Each also got three years of supervised release.

Prosecutors say Martinez-Velasquez will be turned over to immigration authorities after his prison term is completed.


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