MVD employee admits to making fake IDs for immigrants - New York News

MVD employee admits to making fake IDs for immigrants

Posted: Updated:
Jose Ayala Jose Ayala
BUCKEYE, Ariz. -

An Motor Vehicle Department employee has been busted for making fake IDs and selling them to fugitives and people in the country illegally.

The fake IDs were being sold for $2,000 apiece. He allegedly made 24 fake IDs and some of those IDs were sold to illegal drug smugglers.

He was trusted to work at the MVD, but police say Jose Ayala broke that trust.

Ayala pleaded guilty to making two dozen fake IDs. Police say he would take photos of people in the country illegally at the MVD office in Buckeye, where he worked. Then he would put their picture on a real license, giving them a fake name.

Investigators first found out about this last August when they pulled a suspicious car over. The driver, Pedro De Paz, pulled out an Arizona ID then admitted to police it was fake and he was in the country illegally.

Police say De Paz also led them to a home where they found a million dollars' worth of marijuana along with weapons and seven illegal immigrants.

From that fake ID, MVD investigators were able to track it to Ayala who worked in the MVD's customer service department. He was arrested weeks later.

According to court records, in the last 9 months investigators have arrested most of the people who paid for those fraudulent IDs. But police say this investigation isn't over.

Investigators say there are a few more arrests that need to be made.

We contacted ADOT and Phoenix Police. Both can't comment, saying they're planning on having a news conference on this Friday morning

Ayala was hired by the MVD in 2005. He's not a U.S. citizen. He's a permanent resident.


  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • FAA ends ban on U.S. flights to Tel Aviv

    FAA ends ban on U.S. flights to Tel Aviv

    Thursday, July 24 2014 10:11 AM EDT2014-07-24 14:11:59 GMT
    The Federal Aviation Administration has lifted its ban on U.S. carriers from flying to Tel Aviv. The announcement was made late Wednesday night.The FAA had extended the ban on Thursday afternoon after its first ban went into effect 24 hours earlier. The decision was made after a rocket launched into Israel from Gaza landed near the Ben Gurion Airport.
    The Federal Aviation Administration has lifted its ban on U.S. carriers from flying to Tel Aviv. The announcement was made late Wednesday night.The FAA had extended the ban on Thursday afternoon after its first ban went into effect 24 hours earlier.  The decision was made after a rocket launched into Israel from Gaza landed near the Ben Gurion Airport. United Airlines will be the first U.S. carrier to resume flights to Israel after a two-day hiatus caused by combat.
  • New Jersey sues over Florida pizza shop logo

    New Jersey sues over Florida pizza shop logo

    The New Jersey Turnpike Authority wants a Florida pizza shop to pay a big toll for using a logo similar to the iconic Garden State Parkway's green and yellow signs.
    The New Jersey Turnpike Authority wants a Florida pizza shop to pay a big toll for using a logo similar to the iconic Garden State Parkway's green and yellow signs.
  • Suspect arrested in dismembered Brooklyn woman murder case

    Suspect arrested in dismembered Brooklyn woman murder case

    Thursday, July 24 2014 8:08 AM EDT2014-07-24 12:08:03 GMT
    Police say they arrested and charged a suspect in connection with the murder of a Brooklyn woman whose body parts were discovered in Bay Shore. Suffolk County homicide squad and the US Marshals NY/NJ Regional Fugitive Task Force arrested Leah Cuevas, 42, on Wednesday night. Cuevas lived on 346 Sumpter Ave. in Brooklyn, the same address as the victim, Chinelle Latoya Thompson Browne, 27. Cuevas was charged with second-degree murder and held overnight at Suffolk's Fourth Precinct.
    Police say they arrested and charged a suspect in connection with the murder of a Brooklyn woman whose body parts were discovered in Bay Shore. Suffolk County homicide squad and the US Marshals NY/NJ Regional Fugitive Task Force arrested Leah Cuevas, 42, on Wednesday night. Cuevas lived on 346 Sumpter Ave. in Brooklyn, the same address as the victim, Chinelle Latoya Thompson Browne, 27. Cuevas was charged with second-degree murder and held overnight at Suffolk's Fourth Precinct.
Powered by WorldNow
Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices