Suspect Charged with Fraud Related to Maryland Driver’s Licenses

Elisa Arleni Ordonez

Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Department – 4th District Patrol Investigations Unit have charged Elisa Arleni Ordonez, age 38, of the 13200 block of Locksley Lane in Silver Spring, with multiple counts of fraud.

Investigation by Montgomery County Police and Maryland Department of Transportation – Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration (MDOT MVA) investigators has revealed that Ordonez, for a fee that ranged between $1,700 to $2,550, provided out-of-state residents with fraudulent documents (bank statements and utility bills) so that the residents could prove residency to obtain a Maryland driver’s license from the MDOT MVA.

This fraud scheme investigation began in August of 2017 and during the approximate 14-month investigation, investigators identified and spoke with four people who used fraudulent documents provided by Ordonez to obtain a Maryland driver’s license.  The MDOT MVA was able to determine that documents created by Ordonez and submitted to the MDOT MVA by the out-of-state residents showed identical banking and address information.  Investigation has determined that at least 37 additional people have provided the fraudulent documentation from Ordonez to MDOT MVA.

During this investigation, a search of Ordonez’ home revealed items of evidence to include a list of names of persons who had purchased fraudulent documents to obtain a Maryland driver’s license.   MDOT MVA has notified MCP that their office is in the process of cancelling the previously issued Maryland driver’s licenses that had been obtained through the use of the fraudulent documents provided from Ordonez.

On October 22, 2018. Montgomery County Police investigators obtained an arrest warrant for Ordonez charging her with multiple counts of fraud.  She was arrested at her home on October 23 and transported to the Central Processing Unit.  Ordonez was released on her own recognizance.

The following statement was provided to MCP by the Public Affairs Office for the Maryland Department of Transportation – Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration:

“The Maryland Department of Transportation – Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration Investigations Division proactively investigates issues related to identity and residence fraud, working with law enforcement and consumers to ensure the security and integrity of Maryland’s driver’s licenses and identification cards.”