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Authorities Investigate License Scam

Authorities Investigate License Scam

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Two former probation officers have been arrested in a federal investigation of a scam targeting illegal immigrants.

Authorities believe at least 200 Hispanic immigrants have fallen victim to an alleged "international driver's license" scam.

Two former Adult Probation and Parole Officers are suspected of charging as much as $700 for worthless licenses, advertised on at least one Spanish language radio station as valid throughout the United States, said Sgt. Wade Breur, spokesman for the Utah Department of Public Safety.

There's no such thing as an international driver's license, Breur said.

Charges of selling fraudulent documents and theft by deception are pending against the two men, who were arrested Tuesday following a monthlong investigation, Breur said.

State and federal authorities conducted a search Friday at one arrested man's home, said Tom Mangan of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

Mangan declined to disclose what investigators were seeking.

(Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.

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