Corrupt PennDOT Supervisor Convicted in Fake ID Case

Khalif Abdullah Ali was found guilty of multiple felonies after he helped fugitives obtain drivers' licenses bearing the identities of innocent people.

A Philadelphia man who worked as a supervisor at the PennDOT Driver License Center in Frazer was convicted Wednesday of multiple felonies, including Identity Theft, Tampering with Public Records, Computer Trespass and related offenses. 

Khalif Abdullah Ali, 44, manipulated the PennDOT computer system to supply wanted criminals with authentic drivers' licenses bearing the identities of innocent citizens.

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He created the new licenses by processing them as name changes, but the only change in each case was the removal of a comma meant to separate the first name and middle initial in the backend of the system. The change allowed Ali to print a new driver's license with a new photograph.

In a written statement, District Attorney Tom Hogan said Ali abused the trust of his position:

"[His] crime put both law enforcement and the public at risk, as it set loose in society criminals, shielded by these seemingly legitimate driver's licenses," Hogan said. "A police officer pulling over one of these criminals would have no idea that he was dealing with a potential dangerous criminal."

One of the felons to whom Ali provided false identification, Frank Smith Jr., was caught and testified against Ali during the trial. Other criminals who received driver's licenses created by Ali are still at-large.  

The Pennsylvania State Police led the investigation. With the assistance of PennDOT personnel, they reviewed records and video surveillance to build a case against Ali. 

Assistant District Attorney Priya DeSouza was the prosecutor in the case, which was presided over by Senior Judge Thomas Gavin.

Ali is currently in Chester County Prison awaiting his sentencing hearing, currently scheduled for Feb. 9.

See also:

PennDOT Supervisor Faces Trial on ID Theft Charges

State Police: Driver License Center Supervisor Created Fake IDs for Fugitives

Tim February 02, 2013 at 09:18 PM
Send him to Gitmo!
Nabob February 02, 2013 at 10:09 PM
That driver's center has had some dubious characters there over the years. One of the guys giving the driving test - Biker Bob - anybody remember him? Wore ragged cut off sleeveless shirts a la Larry the Cable Guy; had a long goatee; dangling pierced earring with a small dagger; and a strong dislike for ALL suburban male youth. For years the word was if you were a 16 year old male go to the Delaware County center to take the test or to Huntington Valley because he would automatically flunk the boys. He did. Local kids avoided that center like the plague for fear of being automatically flunked by Biker Bob. I don't know if that character is still there but he was a serious blight on the respectability of DOT for a long time. I actually wrote a letter to Penn Dot about him and his wretched attitude.


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