28 Apr 2019

Using bogus immigration document to get Florida license doesn’t break law, judge rules

by Standard Staff

Rubman Ardon Chinchilla, a roofer and father of three who has lived illegally in the United States for decades, used a phony immigration document to get a Florida driver’s license, a crime agents say was organized by a con man posing as a government officer.

Chinchilla was one of more than 20 undocumented immigrants for using a specific federal form — known as an “Order of Supervision” — to prove to the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles that he was allowed to be in the United States.

But a Miami federal judge has now thrown out criminal charges against Chinchilla, saying there’s no actual law that says the form can even be used to prove an “authorized stay in the United States.”

It’s a highly technical legal argument, but it’s opening the door for the others arrested in the sting to beat their cases, and maybe even stay in the United States.

The decision was made earlier this month by U.S. District Judge Beth Bloom. The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Miami, in court filings this week, said it will appeal the decision.