For Immediate Release - February 18, 2010

Registry of Motor Vehicles Clerk Indicted in Connection with Accepting Bribes to Alter Driver's Licenses and Produce New Identities

WOBURN - Today, a former clerk of both the Watertown and Framingham branches of the Registry of Motor Vehicles (RMV) was indicted in connection with operating a scheme in which he fraudulently changed information on valid Massachusetts licenses and sold them to other individuals for a fee. Ahmed Siddiqui, age 30, of Framingham, is charged with Falsification of an Operator's License (10 counts), Attempted Falsification of an Operator's License, Identity Theft, and Bribery. On January 14, 2010, Massachusetts State Police assigned to the Attorney General's Office arrested Siddiqui at the RMV branch in Watertown. Following his arrest, Siddiqui was transported to Framingham District Court where he was arraigned, pled not guilty and was ordered held on $2,500 cash bail.

In November 2009, Massachusetts State Police assigned to the Attorney General's Office began an investigation after Siddiqui's alleged activities were discovered and reported by the Massachusetts State Police Compliance Unit and RMV Auditors. Siddiqui worked as a clerk at the Watertown and Framingham branches of the RMV. Authorities allege that while working at these branches, Siddiqui would perform fraudulent license transactions for a fee. Investigators discovered that Siddiqui would change the photo, and other identifying information, 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 in the new name. Siddiqui allegedly created at least ten fraudulent driver's licenses.

Today, a Middlesex Grand Jury returned indictments against Siddiqui. He is scheduled to be arraigned in Middlesex Superior Court at a later date

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant Attorneys General Marc Jones and Marina Moriarty, of Attorney General Martha 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.

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