Judge refuses to toss sentence for ID theft

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A federal judge has refused to throw out a Richmond woman’s
14-year prison sentence for helping illegal aliens obtain driver’s licenses and
other identification.

In a four-paragraph opinion Thursday, U.S. District
Judge Henry Hudson rejected Cynthia Salamanca’s claim that her sentence is
unconstitutional. Salamanca cited a 2013 U.S. Supreme Court ruling that any fact
that increases a mandatory minimum sentence must be considered by a jury.

Salamanca obtained Social Security cards and birth certificates from U.S.
citizens and sold them to illegal aliens, whom she accompanied to the Department of
Motor Vehicles and other agencies to get official ID cards. She bribed a DMV
employee to assist in the scam.

Salamanca pleaded guilty to seven fraud and
identity theft charges.

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