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According to the Delaware Department of Justice:

An employee of the state Division of Motor Vehicles and a man who bribed her have pleaded guilty to issuing drivers’ licenses to people who hadn’t earned them.

Danielle Haldeman, 29, of Greenwood, who worked at the DMV facility in Georgetown, accepted bribes from Michelet Pouloute, 44, of Dover, who served as an interpreter for recent non-English speaking immigrants.

Pouloute would give Haldeman cash, and then Haldeman provided licenses despite the recipients not having proper documentation or testing in a scheme that lasted from August to mid-October 2017. Haldeman pleaded guilty to 1 count of Felony Receiving a Bribe, as well as 1 count of Misdemeanor Official Misconduct.

Pouloute pleaded guilty to 1 count of Felony Bribery.

Each were sentenced by a Superior Court judge to 1 year of probation and restitution to their victims.

All 41 of the licenses have been cancelled and returned to the DMV. DOJ’s Office of Civil of Rights & Public Trust, the Division of Motor Vehicles, and Delaware State Police worked together on the investigation and prosecution. DOJ paralegal Trisha McGinnis assisted with the prosecution.