SACRAMENTO – On September 14, 2018, Damanpreet Singh, 33, of Los Angeles, was sentenced to two years in prison for conspiring to commit bribery, identity fraud and unauthorized access of a computer in a bribery case that that resulted in individuals passing DMV tests needed to obtain commercial licenses which the applicants had not taken or passed.
“This case should not reflect on the honest, hardworking DMV employees who work diligently to keep our roadways and are identities safe,” said California Statewide Law Enforcement Association (CSLEA) President Alan Barcelona. “That said, the corrupt employees who participated in this scheme, along with Damanpreet Singh, put all of us in danger. Thank you to the DMV investigators, who are sworn peace officers, for working with federal officers to investigate and contribute to the prosecution of these individuals.”
According to court documents, between April 2016 and July 2017, Singh conspired with two DMV employees, Lisa Terraciano and Aaron Gilliam, who, in exchange for bribe payments, would alter DMV records to fraudulently show that individuals had passed DMV tests needed to obtain commercial licenses. At least 60 individuals’ DMV records were fraudulently updated as a result of Damanpreet Singh’s conspiracy with the DMV employees. Singh received approximately $90,000 for his role in the conspiracy, some of which he in turn paid to the corrupt DMV employees.
Terraciano and Gilliam have pleaded guilty to conspiring to commit bribery, identity fraud and unauthorized access of a computer and are scheduled to be sentenced on October 5, 2018.
This case is part of a series of ongoing investigations by the California Department of Motor Vehicles, Office of Internal Affairs, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), and the Department of Transportation, Office of Inspector General.