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California Man Sentenced in Fraudulent CDL Scheme

On September 14, 2018, Damanpreet Singh was sentenced in U.S. District Court, Sacramento, California, after pleading guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit bribery. Damanpreet was sentenced to 24 months’ incarceration, 36 months’ supervised release, and a $100 special assessment fee.

The investigation disclosed that Damanpreet conspired with two California Department of Motor Vehicle (DMV) employees, Lisa Terraciano and Aaron Gilliam. In exchange for bribe payments, the DMV employees altered DMV records to fraudulently show that individuals had passed tests they needed to obtain commercial driver’s licenses (CDL). However, the applicants had not taken or passed the tests. At least 60 DMV records were fraudulently updated. For his role in the conspiracy, Damanpreet received approximately $90,000, some of which he paid to the corrupt DMV employees.

DOT-OIG conducted this investigation with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Department of Homeland Security Homeland Security Investigations, and California DMV.