CLOVIS, N.M. (AP) - A former public notary has entered a plea in a fraud case involving hundreds of New Mexico driver's licenses, obtained for people living outside the country.
A defense lawyer says 38-year-old Veronica Diaz of Portales entered what is known as an Alford plea, in which she maintains her innocence but acknowledged the risk of being convicted at trial in light of the evidence against her. She was charged with 47 counts, including forgery and other crimes.
A judge placed her on five years of supervised probation.
Defense lawyer Eric Dixon says his client was not involved in any way with human trafficking and, as part of her plea agreement, she is under no requirement to cooperate with prosecutors. However, if she were to be subpoenaed to testify about what she knows, he says she would be legally obligated to do so.
Authorities say false affidavits were used to obtain New Mexico driver's licenses for foreign nationals from Mexico, El Salvador, Brazil, Guatemala, Uruguay and Honduras.