- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 8, 2015

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - An Albuquerque man who pleaded guilty to providing state driver’s licenses to immigrants who were in the country illegally has been sentenced to three years of probation.

The New Mexico Taxation and Revenue Department said Tuesday Eduardo Chavez was sentenced in New Mexico district court to three years of supervised probation for forgery and possession of an altered, forged or fictitious license.

The 34-year-old was indicted on six charges in January. U.S. Border Patrol agents arrested him in November 2014 on suspicion of selling false residency documents to immigrants, which were then used to obtain licenses.

Since 2003, New Mexico has allowed foreign nationals to get driver’s licenses in the state, regardless of immigration status, upon passing driving tests and proving residency.

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