Eastern District of California Completes Prosecution of 20 Defendants in DMV Corruption Cases | USAO-EDCA

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – US Attorney Phillip A. Talbert today announced the completion of the prosecution of 20 defendants in a series of DMV corruption cases charged in the Eastern District of California. The charges against the defendants included bribery of public officials, identity fraud, unauthorized access to computers and conspiracy to commit these crimes. The accused included corrupt DMV employees who took bribes, school owners and partners who bribed them, and others involved in the conspiracies. The criminal activities charged in these cases took place throughout California, including the Central Valley, the Los Angeles Basin and as far north as Eureka.

The defendants helped get unqualified commercial drivers onto the country’s highways driving large commercial vehicles, even though those drivers failed the required written exams and driving tests. DMV employees took bribes to enter fraudulent test results for applicants who hadn’t even taken the tests or couldn’t pass them. Various trucking schools in California were looking for corrupt DMV employees whom they could bribe to help unsuccessful or unskilled students get their commercial licenses anyway. Collectively, hundreds of fraudulent commercial driver’s licenses and licenses have been issued under these schemes, threatening public safety.

All of the defendants charged in these cases have since been convicted and convicted, with the exception of one defendant who died before the trial. The convicted defendants and their verdicts are:

name of the accused

case number

Sentence

Shawana Harris

2:17-cr-210 TLN

60 months

Robert Tuerchin

2:15-cr-161 PSP

51 months

Mangal Gil

2:15-cr-161 PSP

51 months

Andrew Kimura

2:15-cr-161 PSP

46 months & $7,500 fine

Lisa Terraciano

2:17-cr-187 KJM

40 months & $500 penalty

Jagpal Singh, aka “Paul”

2:17-cr-210 TLN

39 months

Donald Freeman

2:17-cr-207 KJM

37 months

David Sun

2:17-cr-223 KJM

37 months

Kari Scattaglia

2:17-cr-187 KJM

32 months & $1,000 penalty

Rahim Mahboob

2:17-cr-213 BI

27 months & $58,500 fine

Damanpreet Singh

2:18-cr-89 BI

24 Months

Emma Klem

2:15-cr-139 BI

23 months

Aaron Gilliam

2:17-cr-200 KJM

22 months

Kulwinder Dosangh Singh, also known as “Sandhu” and “Sodhi”

2:15-cr-146 BI

19 months

Juan Arturo Arroyo Gomez

2:17-cr-207 KJM

12 months

Pavitar Dosangh Singh

2:15-cr-161 PSP

10 months

Parminder Singh

2:17-cr-210 TLN

Served time with 11 months house arrest

Poya Khanyan

2:17-cr-212 JAM

Served time with 6 months house arrest & $9,500 fine

Ruvila “Rubin” Lima

2:17-cr-212 JAM

Time served & $500 fine

Tajinder Singh

2:17-cr-210 TLN

Served time with 7 months house arrest & $5,500 fine

Defendants Terraciano and Sun’s sentences were later reduced under the CARES Act during the COVID-19 pandemic.

These cases were the result of an investigation by the California Department of Motor Vehicles, Office of Internal Affairs; the Federal Criminal Police Office; Homeland Security Investigations; and the Department of Transportation, Office of the Inspector General. Assistant US Attorneys Rosanne L. Rust and Christopher S. Hales prosecuted the cases.

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