Arguments expected in NM license fraud case

Updated: 02/11/2014 1:35 PM | Created: 02/11/2014 9:13 AM
By: The Associated Press

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) - Closing arguments are expected to begin Tuesday 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.

Hai Gan has pleaded not guilty to 51 counts of fraud and eight counts of transporting undocumented, among other charges.

The indictment says the 56-year-old Texas resident charged them more than $3,000 each so they could list his address in Albuquerque in their license application.

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

New Mexico law allows immigrants, living in the country illegally but residents of the state, to get driver's licenses.

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