LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — A federal jury in Las Cruces is deciding the fate of a Chinese national accused of helping more than 50 people suspected of being in the country illegally get New Mexico driver's licenses.
Attorneys wrapped up their cases Tuesday morning. Prosecutors argued 56-year-old Hai Gan's actions were those of a guilty man. The defense, however, insists Gan was simply offering what he thought were legal services.
Gan is accused of 51 counts of fraud and other charges. Prosecutors say he bought four houses in New Mexico, then charged people more than $3,000 each so they could list the addresses in their license application.
Gan's attorney, Francisco Mario Ortiz, says his client believed he was acting lawfully. And he never asked if the customers were in the country legally or not.