State employee on the lam following charges of ID sales to illegal aliens

| 8/23/2007

Federal authorities are asking for the public’s help in tracking down a Colombian national accused of recruiting illegal aliens to purchase driver’s licenses.

In April, authorities charged Gloria Ines Bustamante for her involvement in a conspiracy tied to a government employee that accepted cash for legal IDs. Bustamante recruited illegal alien customers in the area around Hillsborough County, FL.

Bustamante allegedly charged illegal aliens $1,200 per license, referring them to Deisy Oropesa, who worked in the Hillsborough County Tax Collector’s Office. Oropesa then falsely reported that aliens provided U.S. passports to prove lawful status, according to the release.

Oropesa was indicted on federal charges last week.

Anyone with information about Bustamante’s whereabouts is asked to call ICE through its toll-free hotline at 1-866-DHS-2ICE.

ICE and the Florida Highway Patrol are expected to be made in connection with the driver’s license scheme, the release stated.

“We have closed a serious security vulnerability and will work tirelessly to ensure that those involved in this scheme are brought to justice,” the release quoted Susan McCormick, deputy special agent in charge of the ICE Office of Investigations in Tampa. “We are confident that someone in our community will recognize this criminal and notify us.”

– By Charlie Morasch, staff writer