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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.


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