Thursday, March 8, 2012

Pennsylvania man arrested in PENNDOT corruption

News release from Pennsylvania State Police:

The Pennsylvania State Police, Bureau of Criminal Investigation conducted an investigation at the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT); Malvern Driver’s License Center located at 225 Lancaster Avenue, in East Whiteland Township, Chester County. 

This investigation started when PennDOT uncovered that driver’s licenses were allegedly being issued to imposters posing as existing persons. This investigation concluded when the Pennsylvania State Police, Bureau of Criminal Investigations, filed criminal charges against a PennDOT Malvern Driver’s License Supervisor, Khalif Abdullah Ali (43) of Philadelphia.  Ali was assisting individuals, who are fugitives from justice, to obtain new identities to avoid apprehension. 

Ali was charged with Tampering with Public Records or Information (Felony 3 – 3 counts), Conspiracy to Commit Identity Theft (Felony 3 – 3 counts), Hindering Apprehension or Prosecution (Felony 3 – 3 counts), and Computer Trespass (Felony 3 – 3 counts); 3rd degree felonies are punishable by up to 7 years of imprisonment.  Ali was arraigned at the Chester County District Court 15-2-05.  He was committed to the Chester County Prison after failing to post $20,000 bail.  A preliminary hearing has been tentatively scheduled for March 14, 2012.   

The Pennsylvania State Police extends their gratitude to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, Office of Risk Management for their assistance in this investigation.  

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