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California Individual Sentenced in CDL Bribery Scheme

On June 21, 2022, Poya Khanjan was sentenced in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California to 12 months of supervised release, a $9,500 fine, and a $100 special assessment for participation in a scheme to bribe California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) employees to issue Commercial Driver's Licenses (CDL) to unqualified drivers. In September 2021, Khanjan pleaded guilty to concealing a felony. According to court documents, between June 2016 and June 2017, Khanjan learned of an ongoing scheme to obtain fraudulent CDLs from the California DMV. Rather than reporting the criminal conduct to law enforcement, Khanjan helped conceal the crime by offering a bank account to use when co-conspirators received cash payments to bypass the required written examinations at the DMV.
DOT-OIG is conducting this investigation with Homeland Security Investigations, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the California DMV.