BY PETER ASELTINE
SPECIAL TO NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
TRENTON â€“ It has been announced that 69 new criminal cases have been filed during the past year by the N.J. Division of Criminal Justice as a result of the high-tech facial recognition program â€śOperation Facial Scrub,â€ť which is used to detect individuals who obtain New Jersey driverâ€™s licenses using false identities. That brings the total criminal cases filed by the Attorney Generalâ€™s Office under the program to 107, including 38 cases announced a year ago when the program was first showcased.
Most of the 69 new defendants charged by the Division of Criminal Justice obtained fraudulent licenses after their real licenses had been suspended. However, the new cases also include convicted felons who used aliases to hide their records.