20 people convicted in California DMV corruption probe

The United States Department of Justice issued a press release on the conviction of 20 people in a case involving the California DMV. Some of those convicted were employees.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — U.S. Attorney Phillip A. Talbert announced today the completion of prosecutions of 20 defendants in a series of DMV corruption cases charged in the Eastern District of California. Charges against the defendants included bribery of public officials, identity fraud, unauthorized access of computers, and conspiracies to commit those offenses. The defendants included corrupt DMV employees who took bribes, trucking school owners and affiliates who bribed them, and others who participated in the conspiracies. The criminal activities charged in these cases took place throughout California, including the Central Valley, Los Angeles Basin, and as far north as Eureka.

Defendants helped put unqualified commercial drivers on the nation’s highways operating large commercial vehicles even though those drivers had not passed the necessary written and driving tests. DMV employees accepted bribes to enter fraudulent test scores for applicants who had not even taken the tests or who could not pass them. Various trucking schools in California looked for corrupt DMV employees they could bribe to help failing or unqualified students get their commercial licenses anyway. In total, hundreds of fraudulent commercial driver license permits and licenses were issued as a part of these schemes, jeopardizing public safety.

Every defendant charged in the cases has now been convicted and sentenced, except for one who passed away prior to trial. The convicted defendants and their sentences are:

Defendant’s NameCase NumberSentence
Shawana Harris2:17-cr-210 TLN60 months
Robert Turchin2:15-cr-161 WBS51 months
Mangal Gill2:15-cr-161 WBS51 months
Andrew Kimura2:15-cr-161 WBS46 months & $7,500 fine
Lisa Terraciano2:17-cr-187 KJM40 months & $500 fine
Jagpal Singh, aka “Paul”2:17-cr-210 TLN39 months
Donald Freeman2:17-cr-207 KJM37 months
David Sun2:17-cr-223 KJM37 months
Kari Scattaglia2:17-cr-187 KJM32 months & $1,000 fine
Rahim Mahboob2:17-cr-213 GEB27 months & $58,500 fine
Damanpreet Singh2:18-cr-89 GEB24 months
Emma Klem2:15-cr-139 GEB23 months
Aaron Gilliam2:17-cr-200 KJM22 months
Kulwinder Dosangh Singh, aka“Sandhu” and “Sodhi”2:15-cr-146 GEB19 months
Juan Arturo Arroyo Gomez2:17-cr-207 KJM12 months
Pavitar Dosangh Singh2:15-cr-161 WBS10 months
Parminder Singh2:17-cr-210 TLNTime served with 11 months home confinement
Poya Khanjan2:17-cr-212 JAMTime served with 6 months home confinement & $9,500 fine
Ruvila “Ruby” Lima2:17-cr-212 JAMTime served & $500 fine
Tajinder Singh2:17-cr-210 TLNTime served with 7 months home confinement & $5,500 fine

Defendants Terraciano and Sun later had their sentences reduced during the COVID-19 pandemic under the CARES Act.

These cases were the product of an investigation by the California Department of Motor Vehicles, Office of Internal Affairs; the Federal Bureau of Investigation; Homeland Security Investigations; and the Department of Transportation, Office of Inspector General. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Rosanne L. Rust and Christopher S. Hales prosecuted the cases.

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