DMV Staffers Took Bribes and Provided False Licenses, Says U.S. Attorney

The U.S. Attorney's office charged today (May 2) that El Cajon and Rancho San Diego Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) employees fraudulently provided drivers licenses to applicants who had failed or not taken the required tests. The employees were bribed up to $3000 per false license, according to U.S. Attorney Laura E. Duffy. Five employees were charged, along with 16 people who had passed bribes. All 21 defendants were charged with conspiracy to commit bribery and to produce unauthorized identification documents. The El Cajon DMV office is at 1450 Graves Avenue, and the Rancho San Diego office is at 1901 Jamacha Road.

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Figures. With the state woefully under-compensating these perennially-cheerful and hard working employees, they had to do something to make ends meet. So they can't be blamed for this at all. In fact, this poor pay started when Reagan was governor and has just gotten worse ever since!

Methinks I sense a bit of sarcasm, Visduh. Best, Don Bauder

I know you too well, Visduh, although we have never met. Best, Don Bauder

I wonder why this is a federal beef???????????

The FBI did the investigation. Could you imagine the San Diego DA doing this? Best, Don Bauder

Possibly because government-issued IDs are at issue, which can be used to get benefits from the federal government.

That's just a guess, though.

But Visduh is correct, these people are compensated FAR MORE than they ever would be in the private sector and there is no excuse for the taking of bribes except greed.

Have you ever known anybody -- in the private or public sector -- thinking that he or she rakes in enough money? Best, Don Bauder

To make that claim, SurfPuppy, we'd have to establish an equivalent private sector job. Don's comment, that no one thinks he or she is paid enough no matter whom they work for, is well taken.

There is no excuse for taking bribes, although there are many reasons, greed being probably the main one.

Wow! Good reporting, Don. No, I cannot imagine Dumanis following up. This is amazing!

Give the credit to the U.S. Attorney's office. I just printed information it supplied me. Best, Don Bauder

I wonder if they accepted payments to get head of the line privileges? The State could add to its coffers if it legalized that. I'd pay.

There are ways to tackle California's deficit but I don't think this is one of them. Best, Don Bauder

The best thing you can do in re the DMV is avoid it. The Auto Club can handle much of the routine stuff for members, except for driver licensing. Move to the state and you have to go there for your test and photo, and there's no avoiding that. What do new arrivals think of California after that experience? Then every second or third license renewal requires a new photo, and you must go there. Shudder. Note that in recent years how the fees have increased while the service level plunges to new lows.

In the private sector, when prices go up and quality goes down, the business suffers -- sometimes dies. Best, Don Bauder

This is true 100% of the time with monopolies, and DMV is one.

This si why Cable TV, utilities, Gas and other products and commodities go sky hi while service goes down with ,mergers and oligarchies.

Glad you added regulated industries. Yes, they are not so closely influenced by market factors. The utility that wants to raise rates and lower quality of service only has to influence (or bribe) the state utilities commission, plus, often, some other regulatory bodies. Best, Don Bauder

You might check my columns about the Padres minor league baseball stadium that Escondido wanted to subsidize. I hope the city has dropped the ridiculous idea, but perhaps it's back on the table. Best, Don Bauder

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