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Agent Also Charged With Forging License Applications, Falsifying Records

Video: Police: DMV Agent Took Cash To Forge Licenses

NORWALK, Conn. -- A DMV agent has been arrested and charged with accepting bribes, forging DMV license applications and falsifying testing records.

A joint investigation conducted by the Connecticut State Police and Department of Motor Vehicle Compliance Review Unit resulted in the agent's arrest, along with two others, officials said Thursday.

A criminal investigation was initiated by State Police, and focused on the Norwalk DMV Office.

Detectives determined that Juan Casiano was working with Jose Colon and Wanda Ortiz, who arranged to have subjects visit him at the Norwalk DMV office to obtain driver's licenses without going through the testing procedures.
"We believe ther may be as many as 25 or 30 cases where either a driver's license was issued improperly without a test or a commercial driver's license permit was issued without the written test," said DMV Commissioner Bob Ward.

The investigation revealed that the outsiders were paid cash by the subjects seeking a license, then the subjects were directed to the Casiano at the Norwalk DMV where the testing procedure was circumvented.

Connecticut State Police investigators located and interviewed subjects who had fraudulently obtained licenses from the accused. The investigation is continuing to determine if other licenses were fraudulently issued or improperly upgraded without the proper testing process.

Casiano, 41, of Bridgeport, has been charged with corrupt organizations and racketeering activity, three counts of second-degree forgery, three counts of second-degree conspiracy to commit forgery and three counts of conspiracy to commit bribe receiving. He was held on a $150,000 bond.

Colon, 42, of Bridgeport, has been charged with corrupt organizations and racketeering activity, three counts of second-degree forgery, three counts of second-degree conspiracy to commit forgery and three counts of conspiracy to commit bribe receiving. He was held on a $100,000 bond.

Ortiz, 40, of Bridgeport, has been charged with one count of second-degree conspiracy to commit forgery and one count of conspiracy to commit bribe receiving. She was held on a $25,000 bond.

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