California Truck Driving School Owner Going to Prison for CDL Bribery Scheme
Sacramento, CA – A former owner of a California-based truck driver training school was sentenced to prison this week for his participation in a commercial driver’s licenses (CDLs) bribery scheme.
Jagpal “Paul” Singh, 61, of Los Angeles, was sentenced on Thursday, December 5 to three years in prison for his participation in a scheme to bribe Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) employees to provide California CDLs to unqualified drivers, U.S. Attorney McGregor W. Scott announced.
On March 1, Singh, who owned Calcutta Truck School in North Hollywood, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit bribery, to commit identity fraud, and to commit unauthorized use of a computer, and for identification document fraud.
According to federal court records, an FBI investigation into Singh in 2016 revealed he both took bribes and offered bribes.
Case records show that in September 2016 an undercover agent posed as a truck driving student and offered Singh $1,500 in exchange for a Class A license.
The agent had previously intentionally failed a written exam.
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Investigators say Singh instructed the undercover agent to deposit the money into his account.
Once the funds were deposited directly into his account, Singh then bribed a former DMV employee Lisa Terraciano to access the DMV database and change the score, which she later pled guilty to doing.
According to court documents, Singh paid thousands of dollars in bribes to Terraciano and a second DMV employee, Kari Scattaglia, both of whom pleaded guilty in the scheme.
Terraciano was sentenced to three years and four months in prison, and Scattaglia was sentenced to two years and eight months in prison, for, in part, accessing and altering records in the DMV’s database in Sacramento for Singh’s students.
Three others are also facing charges relating to this bribery scheme: co-defendants Tajinder Singh, 34, driving school owner; Parminder Singh, 29, broker; and Shawana Denise Harris, 49, DMV employee at the Rancho Cucamonga DMV Office.
They are scheduled to go to trial on June 1, 2020.
If convicted, the defendants each faces a maximum statutory penalty of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.