Hillsboro insurance agent pleads guilty to selling illegal international driving permits
BEAVERTON, Ore. – A Hillsboro insurance agent pleaded guilty Thursday to illegally selling international driving permits out of his office.
According to the Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services, Skip Molen illegally sold the permits as government-issued drivers’ licenses to more than 200 people for $250 each.
The permits are sold legally in the U.S. for $25 by two authorized distributors – the American Automobile Association and the American Automobile Touring Alliance. They are used to translate information from a government-issued driver license while driving in other countries.
The Hillsboro Police Department began investigating after a driver presented a permit to an officer during a traffic stop. The driver told the officer he had purchased the permit from Molen.
Molen pleaded guilty to one count of felony theft and he was sentenced to 30 days in jail and probation. The division revoked Molen’s insurance license.