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DMV: Man promised driver's licenses, stole money

Posted April 12, 2012 3:42 p.m. EDT

— The state Division of Motor Vehicles said Thursday that a Virginia man has been charged with impersonating a DMV security employee and charging Hispanic people thousands of dollars for driver's licenses.

Andres Diaz Gonzalez, who also goes by the names Rafael Hernandez Nunez, “Armondo” and “Cuba,” was arrested Monday in Hampton, Va. He is being held without bond on dozens of charges of obtaining property by false pretense and conspiracy to commit false pretense, pending an extradition hearing next Wednesday.

Victims said Gonzalez claimed he could obtain driver's licenses for Hispanics who did not otherwise qualify for them. He charged $1,500 for each license and had required a group of at least 10 “customers” before escorting them to a driver's license office. He wore a black shirt or jacket emblazoned with security emblems during these trips, they said.

While the victims waited for their licenses, Gonzalez would leave by the back door of the office, taking their money with him, according to investigators.

Gonzalez was last seen at the Fuquay-Varina Driver's License Office on March 12, where 12 people were victimized, authorities said. He is believed to have committed the same crime at least three other times since last June, they said.