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Additional Arrests Made in Johnson County Driver's License Fraud Case

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Johnson County District Attorney Stephen Howe, left, and Kansas Secretary of Revenue Nick Jordan discuss an ongoing investigation into a fraud ring that provided driver's licenses to undocumented workers.

Updated, 9:30 a.m. Friday: Johnson County law enforcement officials arrested one of two people they were seeking in a fraudulent driver's license ring Thursday night.

Earlier Thursday, District Attorney Stephen Howe asked for the public's help in locating Monica Hernandez-Gonzalez, 44. He described Hernandez-Gonzalez as a "fixer" who helped connect undocumented workers with a former driver's licenses examiner making false documents.

So far, 40 people have been arrested in the scheme.

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Johnson County law enforcement officials are still looking for two people believed to be involved in a fraudulent scheme to supply undocumented workers with Kansas driver's licenses.

According to District Attorney Stephen Howe, 32 people have been arrested, including 28-year-old Samantha Jo Moore, a former state driver's license examiner who worked out of the Mission, Kansas, office.

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Antonio Garcia-Simon

Police are looking for Monica Hernandez-Gonzalez and Antonio Garcia-Simon, individuals Howe described as "fixers" who helped connect people looking for driver's licenses with Moore.

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Monica Hernandez-Gonzalez

"These individuals were not using real people's identities. They weren't stealing the identities of other individuals," Howe told reporters at a news conference Thursday afternoon.

The Kansas Department of Revenue's Office of Special Investigation uncovered the fraud.

Kansas Secretary of Revenue Nick Jordan called a driver's license "the identification to get you through just about anything you want to do," including getting a credit card or boarding an airplane.

Jordan said driver's license examiners go through a rigorous verification process that includes a criminal background check and fingerprinting.

"We train the examiners on how to spot counterfeit documents," Jordan said. "We have a real-time online verification of Social Security numbers."

Moore is no longer employed with the department, he said.

The other people charged are Justino Mejia-Lopez, Edgar Hernandez-Gonzalez, Jesus Basurto, Refugio Hernandez, Hector Castro-Vazquez, Andres Rangel-Pena, Jaime Rangel, Andres Ruiz-Arellanes, Alfredo Mercado, Jose Aguero, Isabel Chavez, Fidel Valverde, Francisco Cacique, Fermin Zepeda, Shaylynn Celedon, Luis Contreras, Carolina Mejia, Victor Jimenez Flores, Veronica Anchondo-Acosta, Octavio Rodriguez, Pedro Olvera, Alexander Arroyo, J. Valles, Cristina Hernandez, Lazaro Ortega, Ricardo Jimenez, Alvino Ramirez, Porfirio Espinoza-Nevarez, Hector Castro, Ana Castro-Villalobos and Edson Mera.

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