California DMV worker charged in cash for licenses scheme

| 8/25/2011

Prosecutors say a California state DMV clerk accepted $23,000 in exchange for issuing CDLs to 12 individuals who hadn’t passed required written and driving exams.

Michelle Carbajal, 37, of Fullerton, CA, has been charged with 19 felony counts of altering public documents and 19 felony counts of computer access and fraud. Prosecutors allege that Carbajal altered the electronic DMV records of 12 individuals to indicate they’d passed CDL tests, including tests of proper use “of specialized brakes, proper pulling of double trailers, the ability to drive semi-trucks and other commercial vehicles.”

Carbajal was arrested Aug. 19 by state DMV investigators, according to a news release from the Orange County (CA) District Attorney.

The state DMV Investigation Division looked into Carbajal after a supervisor became suspicious of “her conduct at work,” court documents state. Third parties were used in the scheme, and investigators weren’t able to say how much of the $23,000 was pocketed by Carbajal.

If convicted, Carbajal faces a maximum sentence of 22 years in state prison.

According to the Orange County Sheriff’s Department, Carbajal was released after posting bond Tuesday, Aug. 23.

Anyone with information related to third parties that collaborated in the scheme is asked to leave a message on the Orange County District Attorney’s Special Investigations Hotline by calling 714-347-8544.