Five indicted in identity theft scheme

January 11, 2008

A Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration employee assigned to the Glen Burnie office and four others were indicted yesterday on charges that they made and sold fake state driver's licenses and identification cards in exchange for money, the U.S. Attorney's Office said.

The MVA employee, Terrell Smith, 26, of Baltimore was charged with identity theft, prosecutors said, and if convicted could receive a maximum of 15 years in prison. Others charged with identity theft were Anthony Ballard, 37, of Baltimore, Deshaun Dennis, 29, of Dover, Del., and William Jones, 26, and Timothy Hanzer, 32, both of Somerset County.

Prosecutors said that from December 2005 through October last year 25 fake ID cards and licenses were made using names of other people. Smith is accused of making the cards and meeting with others at the Glen Burnie office to distribute them.

In a separate indictment, prosecutors said that Ballard also was charged with possession with intent to distribute 5 kilograms of cocaine and two counts of being a felon in possession of a handgun. He could receive life in prison if convicted of those charges.

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