|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE||January 27, 2009|
|NEWS FROM: Compliance Enforcement Division||09-003|
A registered sex offender who apparently tried using his deceased brother’s identification to avoid an outstanding warrant from the Sparks Justice Court was arrested yesterday morning by Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles Compliance Enforcement officers and booked at the Carson City jail.
Timothy Dean Johnson, 41, of Dayton was arrested at the DMV’s Carson City office on one count of identity theft, one count of possession of a fraudulent document, one count of possession of a birth certificate of another and one count of false application for a driver’s license or identification card, all felonies. Bail for those offenses was set at $40,000.
Johnson was also arrested on an outstanding Sparks warrant issued Aug. 28, 2008 for failure to appear on felony charges of indecent exposure and being under the influence of a controlled substance. Bail for that charge was set at $5,000.
According to investigators, Johnson has an extensive criminal history, having served approximately 15 years in prison and is a registered sex offender. The facial recognition system that is a part of the department’s Central Issuance program was instrumental in the arrest, investigators said.
The department began issuing licenses and identification cards centrally in Carson City late last year. Under the new process, applicants don’t receive their license at the DMV office. Rather, their old license is hole-punched and handed back, along with a paper interim document valid for up to 30 days. The permanent license or identification card is then produced at a secure, central facility and mailed to the customer within 10 working days.
The new cards have numerous security features including micro-printing, ghost images and a laser-engraved outline of the State of Nevada. The process also uses facial recognition software that compares new photos with other photos in its database as a further guard against identity theft.
For more information on the Central Issuance system, visit www.dmvnv.com\ci.
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Timothy Dean Johnson