Ex-tax worker gets 26 months for selling illegal driver's licenses

By KEVIN GRAHAM, Times Staff Writer
Published January 23, 2008

TAMPA - A former Hillsborough County tax collector employee will spend two years and three months in federal prison for selling drivers' licenses to people without proper documentation, a judge ordered Tuesday.

Deisy Oropesa, 31, of Tampa, whose last name also shows up in court records as Oropesa-Hernandez, admitted to the crime in November when she signed an agreement to plead guilty.

Authorities arrested Oropesa in August and accused her of peddling drivers' licenses to illegal immigrants for $200 each. She told investigators she pocketed more than $25,000 from the scam.

Oropesa worked in the driver's license section at the Tax Collector's Office on Waters Avenue. Officials there began noticing problems with her transactions and contacted the Florida Highway Patrol.

Court records show the conspiracy and fraud lasted from about February through November 2006.

Oropesa resigned from her job just before being arrested on 174 counts of unlawful compensation for official misconduct and driver's license fraud.

U.S. District Judge Steven Merryday has given Oropesa 30 days to get her affairs in order and turn herself in to the Bureau of Prisons. She will be placed on supervised release for three years after she gets out of prison.

Kevin Graham can be reached at kgraham@sptimes.com or 813 226-3433.