DA Vance Announces Indictment of Martin Cardona for Stealing Thousands of Dollars from Individuals Seeking New York State Driver’s Licenses

April 7, 2015

Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., today announced the indictment of MARTIN CARDONA, 69, for falsely claiming association with the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles (“DMV”) and stealing thousands of dollars from license seekers to whom the defendant promised assistance. The defendant is charged in an indictment in New York State Supreme Court with Grand Larceny in the Third and Fourth Degrees, Criminal Impersonation in the Second Degree, and Scheme to Defraud in the First Degree, among other charges.[1] 

“Scam artists often have no qualms about lying to their victims in order to take advantage of them,” said District Attorney Vance. “This is why I encourage anyone who believes that he or she may have been the victim of a scam to call my Office’s Immigrant Affairs Unit hotline at 212-335-3600, regardless of immigration status. In this particular case, the defendant allegedly obtained his victims’ trust after showing them other individuals’ personal documents in his possession. But instead of helping them, as alleged in the indictment, the defendant stole from his victims and absconded with the money.”

According to the indictment and documents filed in court, between September 2012 and February 2015, CARDONA falsely represented himself or a family member as an employee of the DMV, informing at least seven individuals that he could help them obtain driver’s licenses in exchange for fees ranging from $2,000 to $4,000. However, instead of assisting these individuals—who were often from immigrant and Hispanic communities—the defendant allegedly stole the money and severed contact with his victims, none of whom received licenses.

Assistant District Attorney Lee Langston is handling the prosecution of the case, under the supervision of Assistant District Attorney Gene Porcaro, Chief of Trial Bureau 30, Executive Assistant District Attorney John Irwin, Chief of the Trial Division, and Chief Assistant District Attorney Karen Friedman Agnifilo.

[1] The charges contained in the indictment are merely allegations, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty. All factual recitations are derived from documents filed in court and statements made on the record in court.

Defendant Information:

MARTIN CARDONA, D.O.B 11/11/1945
New York, NY


  • Grand Larceny in the Third Degree, a class D felony, 3 counts
  • Grand Larceny in the Fourth Degree, a class E felony, 7 counts
  • Scheme to Defraud in the First Degree, a class E felony, 1 count
  • Criminal Impersonation in the Second Degree, a class A misdemeanor, 1 count
  • False Personation, a class B misdemeanor, 1 count