Forged documents at Lake Charles OMV leads to arrest

Elmer Cortez-Villega (Source: Louisiana State Police)
Elmer Cortez-Villega (Source: Louisiana State Police)

The following is a news release from the Louisiana State Police:

On Sept. 21, officials with the Louisiana Office of Motor Vehicles (OMV) in Lake Charles contacted Louisiana State Police detectives and reported someone was using questionable documents in an attempt to obtain a state-issued driver's license.

Troopers responded and detained 30-year-old Elmer Cortez-Villega. An inspection of the documents by detectives verified that the birth certificate and social security card he presented were fraudulent.

Troopers, with assistance from the U.S. Border Patrol, determined Cortez-Villega is a Columbian national who is in the country illegally.  Cortez-Villega was arrested for filing a false public record as well as giving false information regarding lawful presence in the United States in order to obtain a driver's license.  He was booked into the Calcasieu Parish Correctional Center and a hold has been placed on him by the U.S. Border Patrol for being in the country illegally.

Cortez-Villega faces up to five and a half years in prison and a $5,500 fine if he is convicted.

The Louisiana Office of Motor Vehicles and the Louisiana State Police will continue to work together to safeguard the integrity of state-issued identification.