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Issued : Thursday, January 16, 2014 08:43 AM
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Feds probe ticket fraud scheme at DTOP

By CB Online Staff

Dozens of federal and local agents raided Transportation & Public Works driver services centers on Thursday as part of a probe into a fraud scheme involving traffic tickets and stolen cars.

The FBI-led raids stretched to nine Drivers Services Centers (Cescos) and two transactions businesses.

The Río Piedras and Bayamón centers were shuttered for the rest of the day. DTOP’s main center in Carolina and the other Cescos were operating as usual.

“This is a corruption case is all I can say,” FBI spokesman Moises Quiñones said.

The other Cescos raided are in Aguada, Arecibo, Caguas, Fajardo, Manatí, Carolina and Ponce. About 50 employees were questioned.

DTOP Secretary Miguel Torres said 10 employees with pay pending the outcome of an investigation that is looking at records dating back as far as 2009.

“There may be more,” he said.

Torres said his agency has been working with the FBI for more than a year to root out irregularities involving stolen vehicles and a potential scheme to cancel traffic tickets in exchange for cash.

“They are seizing documents and questioning personnel,” the DTOP chief said. “They have found irregularities in ticketing.”

The FBI opened the case because the Cesco centers receive federal funding.

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