Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Man sentenced to 21 months for helping make fake IDs

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A Silver Spring man who owned a driving school in Wheaton was sentenced Friday to 21 months in prison for conspiracy to produce and transfer false identification documents, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office of Maryland.

Valentin Roosevelt Milstein, 62, was also sentenced to two years of supervised release and was ordered to forfeit $200,000 by U.S. District Judge Peter J. Messitte.

According to the plea agreement filed with the court, Milstein, the owner of Val’s Driving School, worked with Dodson Robey, 36, of Hyattsville, a worker at the Motor Vehicle Administration in Beltsville, to produce false Maryland identification cards.

From July 2004 to April 2005, Milstein met with more than 100 applicants for the cards and collected $2,000 each from the applicants to receive the cards, the news release said. Milstein gave Robey part of the money collected, according to the plea agreement.

Robey has pleaded guilty for his part in the scheme and has been sentenced to two years in prison and a $20,000 fine, the release said. Another former MVA employee, Margentin Esther Pinilla, 43, of Silver Spring, pleaded guilty as part of the scheme and was sentenced to 15 months.

Milstein’s attorney, Robert N. Levin of Rockville, declined to comment on Friday.

Men take cash,property from deli

Two men, one with a gun, took cash from a delicatessen and property from at least one of the customers during a May 6 robbery, Montgomery County Police reported.

The men entered Forest Glen Deli, 536 Forest Glen Road, just before 7 p.m. They ordered customers and a clerk to go to the back of the business and demanded money and cell phones. The robbers fled in a red pickup truck.

The man with the gun was Hispanic, in his 30s, about 5 feet 6 to 5 feet 8 inches tall and had a stocky build. He was wearing a tan three-quarter length jacket, black sunglasses and a worn red bandana. He spoke broken English and had gold trim around a front upper tooth. The only description of the other man was that he was similar in height and weight.

Call police at 240-773-5100.

Robberies in Takoma Park may be related

Police believe a strong-arm robbery in Takoma Park on May 2 and an attempted armed robbery the same day were committed by the same men.

At 2:50 p.m. a station wagon cut off a male victim while he was riding his moped, pushed him and demanded the moped at the intersection of Maple and Tulip avenues.

The victim fled to a nearby business and the robbers took the moped and fled with the station wagon following.

The station wagon was a greenish blue Ford, possibly a 1990s model.

At 5:35 p.m., a male got out of a bluish green station wagon, hinted he had a weapon and demanded a wallet from a victim in the unit block of Hickory Avenue.

The robber got back in the vehicle when the victim’s neighbor began walking toward the man.

The robber was black, 5 feet 8 inches tall, weighed 180 pounds, had dreadlocks, and wore a white T-shirt.