November 10, 2022
California Individual Sentenced for Conspiracy in CDL Bribery Scheme
On November 10, 2022, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California sentenced Tajinder Singh to 12 months of supervised release, a $5,500 fine, and a $100 special assessment. Singh had been charged with participating in a scheme to bribe California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) employees to issue commercial driver's licenses (CDL) to unqualified drivers.
On June 1, 2022, Singh pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit bribery, identity fraud, unauthorized use of a computer, and identification document fraud. According to court documents, Singh conspired with co-defendants Jagdish Singh, a family member, and Shawana Harris, a California DMV employee, to fraudulently process CDLs to include permits for applicants who had not passed the required test.
DOT-OIG conducted this investigation with the California DMV, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and Homeland Security Investigations.