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A former employee of the deputy registrar?s office in Gahanna will spend her next five Christmas holidays in jail for issuing state ID cards and driver?s licenses to immigrants who entered the country illegally.

Betina Young, 44, of Bancroft Street in the Linden area, pleaded guilty in May in Franklin County Common Pleas Court to five counts of tampering with records.

Young accepted payments from license applicants to falsify records showing that they presented the necessary documentation to verify immigration status, Assistant Prosecutor Kimberly Bond said.

Judge Michael J. Holbrook placed Young on probation yesterday for five years and ordered that she spend a minimum of three days in jail each Christmas while on probation. The exact number of days will be determined in consultation with the probation department. He also imposed a $3,000 fine.

If Young violates probation, the so-called ?Holbrook holidays? will be replaced by 15 years in prison, the judge said.

Sekou Kpoto, 42, of Possum Run Court W. on the Northeast Side, is accused of serving as the middleman in the scheme. Kpoto solicited bribes from foreign nationals and drove them to the Gahanna agency, where Young issued 95 fraudulent licenses and IDs during her seven years as a clerk, the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles said.

An investigation by the bureau, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the Department of Homeland Security found that Kpoto received $700 to $1,500 for each transaction, a portion of which he paid to Young, the bureau said.

Kpoto, who is charged with five counts of tampering with records, is scheduled for trial next Tuesday.

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If Young violates probation, the so-called ?Holbrook holidays? will be replaced by 15 years in prison, the judge said.

 

Ouch. I don't think I would skip. 

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I wonder why the Xmas holiday was picked ....

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Christmas is just another day of the year.

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Santa can't visit you in jail... Smart thinking by the judge.

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^ But, but Santa is Magic !

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^ But, but Santa is Magic !

Just to us believers. :)

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^ But, but Santa is Magic !

Yes, but naughty kids get a lump of coal, a rubber band, or nothing

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^ But, but Santa is Magic !

Ha! Everybody knows that magic isn't real. So Santa can't be magic, because Santa actually exists.

The only time Santa goes to a jail or prison is to pull the switch on the electric chair, because Santa is a good Christian who's against crime.

Try your magical pagan war on Christmas on somebody else.

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Try your magical pagan war on Christmas on somebody else.

 

 

Umm.. Santa IS pagan...

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Umm.. Santa IS pagan...

There you go... More war on Christmas blasphemy. How could Kris Kringle, the Christkindl, be pagan?

I suppose next you're going to tell me Christmas trees are part of some old half forgotten pagan ritual. You people will say anything to destroy Christmas.

(This is totally tongue in cheek by the way :) )

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Ha! Most Everybody knows believes that magic isn't real.

Fixed that for you. ;)

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Fixed that for you. ;)

You believe everything in the Lost Symbol is true and contribute to the notice science project page don't you ? ;)

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