St. Joseph siblings plead guilty in driver's license fraud scheme

Wednesday, September 5, 2012 | 9:37 a.m. CDT; updated 2:41 p.m. CDT, Wednesday, September 5, 2012

ST. JOSEPH — A northwest Missouri brother and sister have pleaded guilty in a scheme to provide thousands of identity documents to illegal immigrants.

Twenty-five-year old Stephen E. Vanvacter, and his 22-year-old sister, Jessica M. Gonzalez, both of St. Joseph, pleaded guilty Friday and Tuesday, respectively.

The St. Joseph News-Press reported that a third defendant, 22-year-old Ranfe Adaias Hernandez-Flores of Carthage, is scheduled to change his plea on Oct. 15.

A total of 14 people are accused in a scheme to provide more than 3,500 Missouri driver's licenses from the St. Joseph License Office to illegal immigrants across the country. Prosecutors say they made more than $5 million between November 2009 and January 2012.

Like what you see here? Become a member.

Show Me the Errors (What's this?)

Report corrections or additions here. Leave comments below here.

You must be logged in to participate in the Show Me the Errors contest.


Leave a comment

Speak up and join the conversation! Make sure to follow the guidelines outlined below and register with our site. You must be logged in to comment. (Our full comment policy is here.)

  • Don't use obscene, profane or vulgar language.
  • Don't use language that makes personal attacks on fellow commenters or discriminates based on race, religion, gender or ethnicity.
  • Use your real first and last name when registering on the website. It will be published with every comment. (Read why we ask for that here.)
  • Don’t solicit or promote businesses.

We are not able to monitor every comment that comes through. If you see something objectionable, please click the "Report comment" link.

You must be logged in to comment.

Forget your password?

Don't have an account? Register here.