More California DMV Workers Going to Prison for Issuing Hundreds of Fraudulent CDLs
Sacramento, CA – The California Department of Motor Vehicles (CaDMV) continues to be rife with corruption as another employee was sentenced to prison last month for providing commercial driver’s licenses (CDL) in exchange for bribes, and yet another is scheduled to be sentenced for similar crimes later this month.
Aaron Gilliam, 51, of Sherman Oaks, was sentenced in August to 22 months in prison for conspiracy to commit bribery, to commit identity fraud, and to commit unauthorized access of a computer, the U.S. Department of Justice for the Eastern District of California announced.
According to court documents, Gilliam worked at the Hollywood DMV starting in October 2006.
Between January 2011 and July 2017, Gilliam was a Motor Vehicle Representative at the DMV’s Hollywood office where he processed driver’s licenses.
Gilliam admitted that between April 2016 and July 2017, he had received money in exchange for accessing the DMV’s database to alter records to result in a passing score for written examinations for individuals who had not taken or passed the examinations.
Based on evidence obtained by FBI and CaDMV Office of Internal Affairs investigators, Gilliam was responsible for the issuance of at least 57 fraudulent licenses and permits.
According to court records, Gilliam also worked with two co-conspirators, known as “Broker D and Broker E.”
The co-conspirators were identified as owners of truck driving schools in Southern California.
As part of the fraudulent scheme, truck driving students would pay money to the two brokers, who would then pay Gilliam and other CaDMV employees in exchange for CDLs without having to take or pass the written and driving skills tests.
Gilliam is scheduled to report to prison on October 25.
In addition, he will also serve three years of supervised release and pay a $100 special assessment fee.
Woman Who Issued “At Least 148” Fraudulent CDLs To Be Sentenced This Month
In July, Kari Scattaglia, 40, of Sylmar, also a former CaDMV employee was sentenced to two years and eight months in prison for her role in a similar CDL bribery scheme that lasted between September 2014 and April 2017.
Scattaglia and a co-conspirator, Lisa Terraciano, 52, of North Hollywood, pleaded guilty in November 2017 to conspiracy to commit bribery, identity fraud, and unauthorized access of a computer.
Court documents reveal Scattaglia and Terraciano “were paid no less than $18,600 for the issuance of fraudulent licenses.”
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In exchange for the monetary bribes, “Scattaglia and Terraciano each accessed the CaDMV’s database in Sacramento to alter the records of applicants to fraudulently show that the applicants had passed the required written tests when, in truth, the applicants had not passed the tests or, at times, even taken the written tests,” U.S. Attorney McGregor W. Scott said at the time of Scattaglia’s sentencing.
According to the plea agreements, Scattaglia caused “at least 68” fraudulent CDLs (including permits) to be issued, while Terraciano was responsible for “at least 148.”
Terraciano will be sentenced on September 27, 2019 and faces a maximum statutory penalty of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.