August 8, 2019
Former California DMV Employee Sentenced to Prison for Fraudulent CDL Scheme
On August 8, 2019, Kari Scattaglia, former management official and licensing registration examiner at the Arleta, California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) and the Granada Hills Drivers’ License Processing Center, was sentenced in U.S. District Court, Sacramento, California, to 32 months in prison, 24 months of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment fee.
Between 2014 and 2017, Scattaglia was responsible for processing applications for California commercial driver licenses (CDL). In exchange for money, Scattaglia accessed DMV’s database in Sacramento and altered applicants’ records to fraudulently show that the applicants had passed written exams when they had not passed them, or in some cases, actually taken the written tests. These alterations caused DMV to issue permits to those drivers and completed CDLs when the applicants passed behind-the-wheel driving exams. Scattaglia also altered applicants’ records to show that the applicants had passed driving exams when the applicants had not actually taken the exams. Scattaglia caused at least 68 fraudulent CDLs, including permits, to be issued.
DOT-OIG conducted this investigation with the FBI, Department of Homeland Security-Homeland Security Investigations, and California DMV.