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Six More Sentenced in License Office Conspiracy

Two more St. Joseph women, and four other people have been sentenced for their roles in providing fraudulent documents at a St. Joseph license office.
(KANSAS CITY, Mo.) Two more St. Joseph women, and four other people have been sentenced for their roles in providing fraudulent documents at a St. Joseph license office.

Sherri E. Gutierrez, 46, of St. Joseph and her daughter, Shayna R. Vanvacter, 27, were both sentenced.

Gutierrez was sentenced to five years and five months in federal prison without parole. Vanvacter was sentenced to two years without parole.

Brenda De La Cruz, 33, of San Antonio, Texas was sentenced to four years without parole.

Elder Enrique Ordonez-Chanas, 32, a citizen of Guatemala who was unlawfully living in Carthage, Mo., was sentenced to 61 months without parole.

Luis Adalberto Felipe-Lopez, 30, another unlawful resident from Guatemala received a four year sentence without parole. Rafael Hernandez-Ortiz, a Mexican citizen, who was unlawfully living in Minnesota was sentenced to two years without parole.

An estimated 3,500 licenses were issued to illegal aliens by the office in St. Joseph. Conspirators helped illegal aliens get birth certificates and Social Security cards that were then used to obtain Missouri driver's or non driver's licenses.

Charges for the fraudulent documents ranged from $1,500 to $1,600. Officials estimate more than $5.2 million was paid for documents.

Sixteen defendants have been sentenced in the case already. Two more have pleaded guilty and are awaiting sentencing.
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