MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- A former Department of Motor Vehicles worker from Martinsburg is facing federal charges for allegedly trading drivers' licenses for cash.
In a Sept. 17 indictment unsealed Monday after his arrest, 60-year-old Kermit Miller was charged with 19 counts of fraud. Federal prosecutors claim Miller accepted an undisclosed amount of cash from 18 different people in exchange for a driver's license from February through August of 2010. Those who received the licenses were not required to submit applications or pass tests.
On Monday, public defender Nicholas Compton was appointed to represent Miller. Compton did not immediately return a telephone message seeking comment.
Miller was released from custody and will be arraigned on Sept. 30.
If convicted, he faces up to 15 years in prison on the conspiracy count and up to 5 years in prison on each of the fraud charges. The U.S. Attorney's Office also is seeking forfeiture of all proceeds from the scheme.