Feds Question History of Central Figure In Alleged RMV ID Scheme

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BOSTON — The Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles clerk, named in the 2015 anonymous tip that eventually led to her and three coworkers being nabbed this week and charged with running an identity theft racket tailored to illegal aliens, has also drawn the ire of federal investigators for apparently fibbing about the frequency of her visits to her native Dominican Republic.

Court documents note that Evelyn Medina, 56, of Jamaica Plain, appeared in U.S. District Court in Boston on Thursday afternoon for a status conference hearing and was questioned about the discrepancies in not just her travels, but also her date of birth.

Medina, according to prosecutors, holds dual U.S. and Dominican citizenship, but birthdates on two different Massachusetts driver’s licenses do not match. Assistant U.S. Attorney Eugenia Carris, according to a Boston Herald report, questioned why her current Massachusetts license indicates a February 14, 1961, date of birth — as her Dominican Republic birth certificate, passport, and additional Massachusetts driver’s license lists her date of birth as February 15, 1961.

Medina also apparently told investigators she hadn’t visited the Dominican Republic in three years, and rarely returns to the island anymore, but prosecutors pointed out she went there three times since April 2014 and nine times in the last 12 years.

Medina’s court appearance from Thursday was summarized in her most recent docket entry:

Government argues that defendant was not forthcoming at initial appearance, alleges discrepancies relative defendant’s actual age, as well as frequency of travel to Dominican Republic. Defendant argues that there is some question as to her actual birth date, and that her answers regarding travel may not have been complete; however, that defendant takes seriously the business of the court. In addition to current conditions of release, Court orders electronic monitoring and an 11:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m. curfew.

New Boston Post has requested a copy of the court transcript. 

According to court documents, Medina has been assigned a public defender, who blamed her inconsistent answers on stress related to her current legal situation.

She was released on $50,000 bond.

“This case involves illegal immigrants largely from the Dominican Republic getting false IDs and licenses in this country,” Carris said, according to the Herald. “I do not know — and it makes me wonder — what other connections this defendant might have to the larger overall scheme that has not been charged here.”