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Milwaukee company fined for unofficial IDs

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A judge has ordered a Milwaukee company to pay $385,000 for marketing unauthorized identification to Hispanics.

The state Justice Department filed a complaint against Credenciales USA LLC and its owner, Hugo Loyo, in December. The agency alleged that since 2008 the company advertised unofficial international drivers licenses and Wisconsin identification cards in a monthly Spanish-language magazine and a Spanish-language radio station in Milwaukee.

The Justice Department announced on Monday that Judge Timothy Dugan leveled $385,519 in forfeitures, surcharges and legal fees against the company and Loyo on April 15 and enjoined them from doing business in Wisconsin.

Online court records didn’t list an attorney for the company or Loyo. Dugan’s order noted the defendants never responded to the Justice Department’s complaint.

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