For Immediate Release - January 15, 2010

Watertown Registry of Motor Vehicles Clerk Arrested and Arraigned in Connection with Illegally Manipulating and Selling Driver's Licenses

FRAMINGHAM - Massachusetts State Police assigned to the Attorney General's Office arrested a clerk at the Watertown branch of the Registry of Motor Vehicles (RMV) yesterday for 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 (9 counts), False Report by a Public Official (9 counts) and Bribery. 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 customers he knew 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. Authorities allege that Siddiqui created at least nine fraudulent driver's licenses.

Yesterday, Siddiqui was arrested at his place of employment and was subsequently transported to Framingham District Court where he was arraigned, pled not guilty, and is currently being held on bail. He is scheduled to next appear in court on February 16, 2010, for a pre-trial conference.

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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