Van Hollen settles over ID cards

Bryan Cohen May 5, 2011, 5:40am

Van Hollen

MILWAUKEE, Wis. (Legal Newsline) - Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen has obtained a default judgment against a company that allegedly sold fake international driver's licenses and state identification cards.

Hugo I. Loyo and his company, Credenciales USA LLC, allegedly sold the documents in Milwaukee County. The defendants will pay $385,519.90 and are enjoined from conducting business in further violation of the law.

Loyo and Credenciales USA allegedly marketed and sold both Wisconsin identification cards and international driver's licenses to Wisconsin consumer. Non-native speakers were allegedly targeted through newspaper ads and radio with false claims that the cards authorized consumers to drive legally in the U.S. and would work as valid photo IDs.

"The Wisconsin Department of Justice will prosecute individuals who engage in the unlawful marketing and sale of phony international driver's licenses and identification cards," Van Hollen said.

"In this case, the perpetrators preyed on vulnerable consumers. I join the Federal Trade Commission in warning consumers not to fall prey to these scams. Only two organizations are authorized to legally issue international driver's permits to U.S. residents - the American Automobile Association and the American Automobile Touring Alliance."

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