Authorities allege he sent as many as 24 people to the Greenacres driver’s license complex to obtain licenses - a key form of government-issued ID - by fraudulent means.

LAKE WORTH BEACH - When a Florida Highway Patrol investigator pulled over David Aguilar Hernandez on Wednesday, he said Aguilar Hernandez told him he’d shot across two lanes of traffic because he was in a hurry to get to the driver’s license complex in Greenacres.


Authorities argue Aguilar Hernandez is a regular there. The driver’s school worker is charged with conspiring with a clerk who authorities say fraudulently issued at least 63 driver licenses.


The arrest of Aguilar Hernandez, who for now is charged in 17 of the 63 cases, but who allegedly funneled at least 24 of those people through a Miami-area driving school, is the latest result of a years-long FHP investigation at the driver’s license operation that the Palm Beach County Tax Collector’s Office conducts at its complex on Military Trail.


Norman Giddings, who worked at the office, died in February 2018, just days before he was to be criminally charged, according to Palm Beach County Tax Collector Anne Gannon. Her office has been authorized to issue driver’s licenses for the state since about 2012.


Gannon has said that, for people who are undocumented or otherwise ineligible, a fraudulently obtained license is significant; they then have a government-issued ID card, which opens the door to other documents they can obtain.


In at least three cases, FHP reports show, people paid Gidding as much as $450 for licenses. Some of those arrested told investigators they gave Aguilar Hernandez up to $500 to walk them through the sham process.


A report says Aguilar Hernandez and a second man associated with the driving school brought at least 10 applicants to the complex in January 2018 alone. The Palm Beach Post is not naming the second man because he has not been charged.


Of the 63 people, 30 have been arrested so far.


Aguilar Hernandez, 62, of West Palm Beach was booked Wednesday at the Palm Beach County Jail, charged with 17 counts each of using false information to get a driver’s license, supplying another person an unlawful license, altering a public record, and falsifying a public record. He also faces one count of fraud under $20,000.


He remained jailed Thursday with his bail totaling $10,000.


According to the report, surveillance video shows Aguilar Hernandez walking several people through the process.


On Tuesday, the report said the investigator ran Aguilar's license plate through a database and learned one of the places the vehicle most frequented was Interstate 95 near Sixth Avenue South in Lake Worth Beach.


On Wednesday, the investigator spotted Aguilar Hernandez southbound on I-95 at that spot. Aguilar shot across two lanes to get to the exit ramp. After the investigator pulled him over, he said he was in a hurry to get to the tax office. He said he'd dropped a friend there that morning to take a test.


Aguilar denied being involved with fraudulent licenses and said it was a coincidence he was on videos with all the people getting the tainted licenses and that one of those seen on the video standing next to him, getting a license, lived at his address.


Aguilar said he recruited customers for the Miami-area based driving school, where he said he helps teach people how to park and to do a 3-point turn


The 30 arrested so far, along with their age at time of arrest, hometown, date of arrest, and date of allegedly fraudulently obtaining a driver's license, and status of case:


– Nailet Martinez Chi, 38, suburban Greenacres. Arrested May 10. Obtained license Nov. 27, 2017. Pending.


– Elsa Noemi Gomez, 24, Lake Worth. Arrested May 8. Obtained license Nov. 6, 2017. Guilty to lesser charge; fines and court costs.


– Carmen Maria Hernandez Torres, 60, Royal Palm Beach. Arrested on April 24. Received license Nov. 2, 2017. Pretrial diversion.


– Francis Brendy Perez, 41, Riviera Beach. Arrested on April 17. Received license Nov. 15, 2017. Pretrial diversion.


– Orlando Santos Acquino, 50, West Palm Beach. Arrested on April 14. Received license Dec. 7, 2017. Charges dropped.


– Antonia Velasquez Escalente, 36, West Palm Beach. Arrested on April 4. Received license Nov. 22, 2017. Pretrial diversion.


– Martina Cristina Perez Lee, 54, Lake Worth Beach. Arrested on April 2. Received license Nov. 17, 2017. Pretrial diversion.


– Yuniersy Quintana Bello, 55, Palm Springs. Arrested on April 2. Received license Jan. 26, 2018. Pending.


– Sinsurys Garcia Rodriguez, 47, suburban West Palm Beach. Arrested on March 28. Received license Nov. 8, 2017. Charges dropped.


– Mercedes Barbara Santos Lopez, 65, Palm Springs. Arrested on March 21. Received license Nov. 22, 2017. Pending.


– Thomas Christopher Castillo, 26, Lake Worth Beach. Arrested on March 20. Received license Dec. 1, 2017. Charges dropped.


– Dervarick Jawon Tyson, 30, Palm Springs. Arrested on March 13. Received license Nov. 9, 2017. Adjudication withheld.


– Jose Gustavo Guzman Alvarez, 28, Loxahatchee. Arrested on Feb. 20. Received license Nov. 27, 2017. Pretrial diversion.


– Mirla Rodriguez Boffill, 48, suburban Palm Springs. Arrested on Feb. 8. Received license Dec. 14, 2017. Pretrial diversion.


– Yanelkys Ereira Valle, 22, suburban West Palm Beach. Arrested on Feb. 4. Received license Dec. 1, 2017. Pretrial diversion.


– Rogelia Vasquez Lopez, 47, suburban West Palm Beach. Arrested on Jan. 28. Received license Dec. 18, 2017. Pretrial diversion.


– Brigida Rosario Sanchez, 57, suburban Palm Springs. Arrested on Dec. 11. Received license Jan. 22, 2018. Pretrial diversion.


– Maricela Cruz Reyes, 56, suburban Lake Worth Beach. Arrested on Dec. 11. Received license Jan. 5, 2018. Two years of probation.


– Anabel Mena Otano, 47, suburban West Palm Beach. Arrested on Nov. 30. Received license Dec. 18, 2017. Charges dropped.


–Laura Dominga Morales, 22, suburban West Palm Beach. Arrested on Nov. 30. Received license Aug. 22, 2017. Charges dropped.


– Zulma Veronica Lara Orellana, 41, Pompano Beach. Arrested on Nov. 29. Received license Nov. 21, 2017. Pretrial diversion.


– Ana Luisa Diaz Blanco, 45, suburban West Palm Beach. Arrested on Nov. 20. Received license Jan. 12, 2018. Charges dropped.


– Dunieska Barzaga Sanchez, 30, suburban West Palm Beach. Arrested on Nov. 19. Received license Dec. 7, 2017. Pretrial diversion.


– Virgen Maria Lewis, 59, West Palm Beach. Arrested on Nov. 16. Received license Jan. 12, 2018. Pretrial diversion.


– Miriam Rivera Rapalo, 24, suburban West Palm Beach. Arrested on Nov. 6. Received license Jan. 12, 2018. Guilty to lesser charge; fines and court costs.


– Mirian Rapalo Enamorado, 47, Stuart. Arrested on Nov. 6. Received license Jan. 12, 2018. Pretrial intervention.


– Lucia Teresa Hernandez Leon, 51, Miami Beach. Arrested on Nov. 5. Received license Jan. 3, 2018.Guilty to lesser charge; fines and court costs.


– Annieliese de la Espinosa Gonzalez, 46, suburban West Palm Beach. Arrested on Oct. 17. Received license Dec. 18, 2017. Pretrial diversion.


*Marino Sabino Vasquez, 70, suburban Greenacres. Arrested on Sept. 20. Received license Jan. 24, 2018. Guilty to lesser charge; fines & court costs.


– Clara Luz Perez Diaz, 57, West Palm Beach. Arrested on Aug. 27. Received license Jan. 24, 2018. Guilty to lesser charge; 1 day in jail.


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