Briseida Escalona-Lara, 46, of Knoxville, pleaded guilty Tuesday in U.S. District Court to charges of making fake IDs.
She will receive her sentence Aug. 29 before the Honorable Leon Jordan, U.S. District Court Judge. She faces a sentence of up to 15 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000.
From October 2004 through July 2005, Escalona-Lara conspired with others, including Zeneida Conception Rivera and Ignacio Mendoza, to arrange for and help illegal aliens fraudulently obtain Tennessee Class TD driver’s licenses. During the above time period, Rivera and Mendoza transported illegal aliens from New Jersey to Knoxville to get the Tennessee IDs. Rivera received approximately $950 per alien whom she helped obtain a license. Rivera and Mendoza made approximately two trips a month during the above time period. When they arrived in Knoxville, Rivera provided the aliens with documents, including mail and vehicle registrations, which showed a Knoxville address. She provided these to the aliens so they could falsely claim to the driver’s license examiners they resided in Tennessee.
On the above described trips, Escalona-Lara met with Rivera and notarized documents for the aliens knowing those documents would be used by the aliens at the driver’s license examining station to fraudulently obtain licenses. On numerous occasions Escalona-Lara allowed the aliens brought by Rivera to use her vehicle to take the driver’s road test at the examining station. She also knew the people she helped get licenses were illegal aliens who did not legally reside in Tennessee.
Rivera previously pleaded guilty to the same charge and earned a 46-month prison sentence.
The investigation leading to the indictment in this case was conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Joint Terrorism Task Force. Assistant U.S. Attorney Jeff Theodore represented the United States.
For more information on this case, call Acting U.S. Attorney James R. Dedrick, Assistant U.S. Attorney Jeff Theodore or Public Information Officer Shairy Dedman-Beard at (865) 545-4167.

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