WESTMINSTER –On March 19, 2015, a former Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) employee was arrested and charged with four felonies after allegedly accepting money from customers in exchange for providing them with a California driver license (CDL).
Jose Alberto Carrillo, 47, of Fresno, is charged with two felony counts of altering public documents and two felony counts of computer access and fraud. The crimes were committed in May and June of 2012 at the Westminster DMV Office.
On May 10, 2012, in exchange for $100.00, Carrillo allegedly offered to alter a customer’s DMV record to show that the customer had passed a written driving test, that he had previously failed. Carrillo is accused of instructing the customer to go to the men’s bathroom to hide the money in between papers to avoid video surveillance. Carrillo is accused of unlawfully accessing the man’s DMV record on the computer and falsely inputting that the customer had passed the written tests. An interim CDL was issued to this customer.
On June 4, 2012, Carrillo is accused of illegally accessing another customer’s DMV record after business hours and entering false information that the customer had provided a U.S. birth certificate as proof of presence in exchange for $500. As a result, this customer was issued a CDL. Without proof of legal presence, the CDL would not have been issued.
"Driver licenses are used for nearly every transaction a person makes," said Kenny Ehrman, president of the Association of Motor Vehicle Investigators Association (AMVIC) and Unit A vice president of the California Statewide Law Enforcement Association (CSLEA). "As DMV investigators, we have to safeguard and protect the integrity of this very important document. It's vital in keeping identities safe, keeping the motoring public safe and to protect against terrorism. Allowing for someone to be issued a CDL when that someone hasn't passed a written test, or can't provide proof of legal presence is a crime against all of us."
California DMV investigators opened this case when one of the customers who had paid Carrillo came into the DMV complaining that he had not received his permanent CDL as promised.
"California DMV investigators are role models for DMVs throughout the country," said CSLEA President Alan Barcelona. "Some states don't even have DMV investigation divisions, which is a shame considering how important the driver license is to identifying people. It's used to identify people who are getting on a plane, people who are cashing checks, and people who are stopped by law enforcement officers."
If convicted, Carrillo faces a maximum sentence of five years in jail.