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Former St. Joseph fee office employee indicted

Thursday, October 11, 2012 | 8:18 a.m. CDT; updated 9:47 a.m. CDT, Thursday, October 11, 2012

KANSAS CITY — A former employee of a St. Joseph fee office is among the latest three people indicted in a conspiracy to provide identification documents to undocumented immigrants.

An indictment unsealed this week alleges that fraudulently obtained birth certificates and Social Security cards in the names of others were used to help undocumented immigrants obtain Missouri identification cards and driver's licenses.

The fee office employee is accused of accepting documents he wasn't supposed to accept. Also newly indicted is a St. Joseph couple accused of escorting undocumented immigrants to the fee office under the guise of serving as translators. But authorities said they were actually there to coach the undocumented immigrants on how to illegally obtain identification documents.

A Liberal, Kan., man and another man from St. Joseph were indicted in August.


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