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Feb 3, 2014 1:45 PM by Associated Press

NM immigrant license fraud trial begins

LAS CRUCES, NM - Jury selection has begun for a Chinese national on trial for helping more than 50 people suspected of being in the country illegally get New Mexico driver's licenses.

The trial of Hai Gan, of The Colony, Texas, began Monday in Las Cruces District Court. The 56-year-old is one of several people over the years linked to running such rings for Chinese nationals living in other states to obtain driver's licenses in New Mexico.

Authorities say Gan advertised in Chinese-language newspapers and told immigrants suspected of being in the country illegally he could help them get licenses by using a New Mexico address.

New Mexico law allows such immigrants living in the state to get driver's licenses.

Gov. Susana Martinez has highlighted similar fraud cases as reasons to repeal the law.

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