License Fraud Case Wrapping Up In Las Cruces

Feb 11, 2014

Closing arguments are underway in the trial of a Chinese national accused of helping more than 50 people suspected of being in the country illegally get New Mexico driver's licenses.

Prosecutor Randy Castellano Tuesday characterized the case as one that has "too much evidence." He says the 56-year-old Hai Gan of Texas was driven purely by a love of money, and that his actions prove that he knew that what he was doing was illegal.

Gan is accused of 51 counts of fraud and other charges. Prosecutors say he bought four house in New Mexico, then charged people more than $3,000 each so they could list the addresses in their license application.

Gan's attorney, Francisco Ortiz, says his client believed he was acting lawfully.

New Mexico law allows people who are in the country illegally to get driver's licenses, if they can prove residency.

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