For Immediate Release - November 16, 2010

Former Insurance Agent Indicted in Connection with Bribing Former Registry of Motor Vehicles Clerk to Alter Driver's Licenses to Produce New Identities

WOBURN - A former Framingham insurance agent has been indicted in connection with scheming with a former Registry of Motor Vehicles (RMV) clerk to accept bribes in order to alter Massachusetts driver's licenses to produce fake identities, Attorney General Martha Coakley's Office announced today.

A Middlesex Grand Jury returned indictments against Jaaziel Dallacosta, age 27, of Marlborough, on charges of Falsification of RMV Licenses (5 counts), Attempted Falsification of a License, Bribery of a Public Official and Identity Theft.

On August 23, 2010, former RMV clerk, Ahmed Siddiqui, age 31, of Framingham, pled guilty in Middlesex Superior Court to charges of Falsification of an Operator's License (10 counts), Attempted Falsification of an Operator's License, Identity Theft, and Bribery of a Public Official. Siddiqui was sentenced to two and a half years in the House of Correction, six months to serve, with the balance suspended for a probationary period of three years.

While investigating Siddiqui's activities, authorities uncovered Dallacosta's involvement in the scheme he participated in while working at his family's Framingham-based insurance company. Authorities allege that Dallacosta provided Siddiqui with paying "customers" who had identifying information from legitimate licenses. These "customers" would then approach Siddiqui at the RMV with applications for duplicate or renewal licenses filled out with the identifying information of another person. Siddiqui would then change the photo, and address of an unknowing person's valid Massachusetts driver's license to the photo and address of his paying "customer." The person at the window was given a valid Massachusetts driver's license with their picture and address on the front but in the name of the other person.

On July 15, 2010, Dallacosta was charged in the Waltham District Court with Falsification of RMV Licenses (2 counts), Bribery and Conspiracy. Dallacosta pled not guilty and was subsequently released on $25,000 bail.

A Middlesex Grand Jury returned indictments against Dallacosta on November 9th. He is scheduled to be arraigned in Middlesex Superior Court on November 23, 2010.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant Attorneys General Marina Moriarty and David Waterfall, both of Attorney General Coakley's Corruption and Fraud Division, and was investigated by Massachusetts State Police assigned to the Attorney General's Office. The Massachusetts State Police Compliance Unit and the Registry of Motor Vehicles Auditors uncovered the scheme and also assisted with the investigation.