DPS workers, man charged in driver's license scam

August 31, 2010 3:07:55 PM PDT
Two employees of the Texas Department of Public Safety and a gasoline station manager are accused of scheming to sell bogus driver's licenses to illegal immigrants and others. The U.S. Attorney's Office says an indictment unsealed Tuesday accuses 39-year-old DPS trooper Mark DaArza of Houston and 37-year-old clerk Lidia Gutierrez of nearby Galena Park of processing applicants without proper documentation.

The indictment alleges 46-year-old store manager Maen Bittar of Houston collected $3,000 or more from each applicant before sending them to the DPS office, then delivered the licenses later.

All three have been released on $50,000 bond each. Information on attorneys for the defendants wasn't immediately available.