Former Gahanna BMV Clerk Sentenced For Issuing Hundreds Of Fraudulent Drivers' Licenses


UPDATED: Monday July 22, 2013 4:49 PM

A former Gahanna License Agency clerk was sentenced to five years of community control and a $3,000 fine for her role in providing fraudulent drivers' licenses to undocumented foreign nationals.

Betina R. Young, 44, was also sentenced to serve some of that time behind bars during Christmas. Judge Michael Holbrook called it a "Holbrook Holiday" and said the length of that incarceration will be determined at a later date.

In April 2012, Young and co-defendant Sekou Kpoto were each indicted on five felony counts of tampering with records. Authorities say Kpoto acted as a middleman and solicited bribes from individuals seeking drivers' licenses or state ID cards.

According to authorizes, Kpoto would then drive the people who paid him to the Gahanna agency. Young would make computer entries that indicated that they had Permanent Resident Cards, even if they did not have them.

Young made around 95 fraudulent IDs during her seven years on the job, according to the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles. Kpoto allegedly paid Young $700 to $1,500 for each transaction.

Kpoto, 42, of Columbus, has pleaded not guilty to the charges. No trial date has been set.

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