BMV Bribes?


Criminal charges allege that a former Indiana License Branch worker took bribes for issuing legal documents to illegal aliens.

The bribes allegedly ranged in price from $40 dollars to $500 dollars.

Twenty-eight-year-old Julian Sanchez is accused of handing out bogus driver's licenses, learners’ permits and state IDs.

Charging documents indicate she told police, she had quite a reputation in the Hispanic community as being the person to see for fake IDs.

Julian Sanchez came to court Monday to answer to five felony counts of bribery.

She went to work for the BMV in May where she was said to be one of only two Spanish speaking clerks at the Western Avenue branch in South Bend.

According to St. Joseph County Prosecutor Michael Dvorak, an audit revealed that she had processed “at least 58-separate bogus transactions with false social security numbers, and social security information”.

Court documents indicate that Sanchez gave a statement to police, saying she had done so many illegal transactions that she no longer remembered how many.

“[After] about a month she worked there, she found a hole in the system. This hole has been filled in, their means of correcting procedures,” said South Bend Police Detective Dominic Zultanski.


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