Co≠man warns of ap­point­ment scam

Im­mi­grants el­i­gi­ble for driver’s li­censes are tar­geted by hoard­ers.

The Denver Post - - NEWS - By Jesse Paul Jesse Paul: 303-954-1733, jpaul@den­ver­post.com or @JesseAPaul

Colorado’s top pros­e­cu­tor on Thurs­day warned im­mi­grants of ex­ploita­tive schemes and scams tar­get­ing ap­pli­cants seek­ing a driver’s li­cense un­der the state’s pro­gram for those liv­ing in the coun­try il­le­gally.

At­tor­ney Gen­eral Cyn­thia Coff­man says her of­fice is work­ing with the Di­vi­sion of Mo­tor Ve­hi­cles to in­ves­ti­gate whether pur­chas­ing and sell­ing ap­point­ments to get a li­cense breaks state law.

“Our of­fice re­ceived in­for­ma­tion from the DMV that a num­ber of peo­ple were hoard­ing ap­point­ment times and then sell­ing those ap­point­ments at prices that range from $50 to as high as $1,000,” Coff­man said in a state­ment.

Pros­e­cu­tors are ask­ing for peo­ple with in­for­ma­tion about the schemes to come for­ward.

The an­nounce­ment comes three days af­ter The Den­ver Post re­ported law­mak­ers have been out­raged by re­ports of such ac­tiv­ity sur­round­ing the cash­strapped pro­gram.

“We’ve cre­ated an en­vi­ron­ment that is fa­cil­i­tat­ing scams and rip-off artists,” state Sen. Pat Stead­man, DDen­ver, said. “That really up­sets me.”

The li­censes are avail­able by ap­point­ment at just three lo­ca­tions, and there are about 90 slots each day. There could be as many as 150,000 in Colorado who are liv­ing in the coun­try il­le­gally and el­i­gi­ble to ap­ply, ac­cord­ing to es­ti­mates by im­mi­grant ad­vo­cates.

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