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RALEIGH, N.C. — A man has been arrested after state DMV officials said he posed as a DMV security guard and scammed people out of thousands of dollars for driver’s licenses.

Andres Diaz Gonzalez was arrested by U.S. Marshals earlier this week in the Hampton Roads area of Virginia, DMV officials said in a news release.

Gonzalez charged his alleged victims $1,500 for each license, DMV officials said.

Gonzalez told the alleged victims, all Hispanic, that he could get licenses for them when they otherwise couldn’t qualify for one, DMV officials said.

The victims told authorities that the suspect wore a black shirt or jacket with security emblems. The victims said the suspect would wait until at least 10 so-called customers were gathered before escorting them to the driver’s license office.

However, while the victims waited for their licenses, the suspect would head out the back door of the office, taking all the money, DMV officials said.

The latest known alleged incident took place in Fuquay-Varina on March 12. DMV officials said 12 people were victimized there.

The suspect is believed to have committed the same crime at least three other times since last June, DMV officials said.

Gonzalez is being held without bond and has an extradition hearing scheduled for April 18. He has 55 outstanding felony warrants in North Carolina, DMV officials said.

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