California DMV Employee Gets Prison for Taking Bribes for Licenses

July 28, 2019

A former employee with the California Department of Motor Vehicles will serve a federal prison sentence of more than two-and-a-half years after pleading guilty to accepting bribes in exchange for commercial driver licenses.

Kari Scattaglia was responsible for at least 68 fraudulently issues CDL’s according to her plea agreement. Her codefendant, Lisa Terraciano of North Hollywood, was responsible for 148. Both held jobs responsible for processing California commercial driver licenses.

Scattaglia and Terraciano took payments then accessed the DMV’s database and altered the records of applicants “to fraudulently show that the applicants had passes the required written test when, in truth, the applicants had not passed the tests or, at time, even take the written tests,” according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

The pair also altered applicant records to show that they had passed the driving test, despite the applicants either not taking or not passing those tests.

According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, “A CDL is require to drive passenger buses and to operator tractor-trailer trucks in California and interstate highways, including, in some cases, transporting hazardous materials.”

Terraciano is set to be sentenced in September. She faces a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

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