CONCORD, N.H. — A Lawrence man was arraigned yesterday on charges he lied and altered documents in order to acquire an identification card from the state Department of Motor Vehicles.
Williams Aparicio-Rosales, 23, faced five counts of tampering with public records and unsworn falsification in 6th Circuit Court in Concord, according to New Hampshire State Police Sgt. Andrew Player. He is being held on $20,000 cash bail, Player said.
Aparicio-Rosales was arrested Thursday afternoon by Trooper Richard Dupont while seeking a nondriver’s ID at the DMV office in Concord, Player said.
He presented documents to a clerk that been changed, with some information eliminated and other details added, Player said.
“He lied on his application form,” Player said.
Aparicio-Rosales entered the country illegally and tried to use another person’s identity to get the ID, he said. Aparicio-Rosales, originally from the Dominican Republic, claimed to be from Venezuela, Player said.
Nearly a dozen people from the Lawrence area have been arrested by state police on similar charges in the last year, Player said.
“We’ve had a problem with this type of situation,” he said.
But Player said there was no indication Aparico-Rosale was connected to those cases.
Identity fraud has plagued the DMV in recent years. Last year, Adalberto Medina of Manchester and Salem DMV employee Donna Rockholt of Manchester were sentenced for their role in an ID scam.
Medina received a five- to 10-year sentence in Rockingham Superior Court for working with Rockholt to provide fraudulent IDs to immigrants. Rockholt was given an eight- to 28-year prison sentence.
The scheme continued for more than five years, providing at least five dozen fraudulent licenses to illegal immigrants and others.
Player praised the Concord DMV employee for notifying police about Aparicio-Rosales.
The five counts against Aparicio-Rosales are misdemeanors, each punishable by up to a year in jail and a $2,000 fine.
Members of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement assisted with Aparicio-Rosales’ arrest.
State police ask anyone with information about Aparicio-Rosales to contact Dupont at (603) 223-8778.