On Friday, November 3, 2017, it was announced that two former DMV employees had pleaded guilty to their roles in a conspiracy to sell Class A commercial licenses without the buyer being required to take or pass the necessary tests. 39-year-old Kari Scattaglia of Newhall and 51-year-old Lisa Terraciano of North Hollywood pleaded guilty to the charges.
The defendants were charged with conspiracy to commit bribery, identity fraud and unauthorized access of a computer on October 18, 2017. Court documents show that Scattaglia served as the manager, assistant manager and Licensing Registration Examiner at the Arleta DMV and the Granada Hills Drive License Processing Center since April of 2007.
Terraciano worked for the DMV since June of 2005. She was a Motor Vehicle Representative at the Winnetka DMV from 2014 to 2017. The defendants were responsible for processing applications for commercial driver’s licenses in the State of California. A CDL is required to operate tractor-trailer trucks on interstate and California highways.
The defendants accepted money for accessing the DMV database in Sacramento and altering the records of applicants. By changing the records, the defendants made it appear that the applicants had passed the required tests. In reality, they had not and some had not even taken the tests. In return, the DMV issued permits to those drivers. CDLs were issued after the applicants completed the behind-the-wheel driving tests.
In some cases, Scattaglia accessed the database and made it appear that the applicants had passed the driving tests, despite not passing or taking them. Evidence determined that Terraciano caused at least 148 fraudulent CDLs to be issued. It is believed that Scattaglia caused at least 68 fraudulent CDLs to be issued.
The defendants face a maximum penalty of five years in prison along with a $250,000 fine. Additional details can be found here.