A Lodi man was arrested and charged Tuesday with making fake driver's licenses while working at the Department of Motor Vehicles in Stockton.
Denny Russell Gomes, 35, pleaded not guilty to 12 counts of mail fraud and one count of identity theft, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office in Sacramento. He was released on $25,000 bail and will return to court Sept. 14.
Between April 2007 and March 2008, Gomes allegedly created a dozen fake licenses and charged as much as $250 to do so, according to an indictment handed down Aug. 13 by a federal grand jury.
The indictment alleges that those seeking a fake license would go to Gomes' work station, usually window No. 11 at the 710 N. American St. office in Stockton. He would take the person's photo and use it on a previous driver's license issued to someone else, then change the address, height and weight.
Prosecutors did not release further information, including the status of those who received the fake licenses.
For instance, one real driver's license owner's weight was changed from 165 pounds to 265 pounds, with a new photo. Another person's height was shortened by a foot.
The new licenses were then mailed to the new recipients, nine of whom lived in Stockton. The other three lived in Manteca, Santa Clara and San Jose.
Mail fraud carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison or a $250,000 fine, while identity theft carries up to two additional years along with a $250,000 fine.