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Woman in Va. ID fraud wants sentence tossed

Wednesday - 3/19/2014, 3:40am  ET

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- A Richmond woman sentenced in 2012 to more than 14 years in prison for helping illegal aliens obtain driver's licenses and other identification is asking a judge to vacate her sentence.

Cynthia Salamanca filed her motion without the help of a lawyer in U.S. District Court late Tuesday. She claims her sentence is unconstitutional under a 2013 U.S. Supreme Court ruling that any fact that increases a mandatory minimum sentence must be considered by a jury.

Salamanca pleaded guilty to seven fraud and identity theft charges. Salamanca obtained Social Security cards and birth certificates from U.S. citizens and sold them to illegal aliens, whom she accompanied to the Department of Motor Vehicles and other agencies to get official ID cards. She bribed a DMV employee to assist in the scam.

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