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9 charged in DMV driver’s license conspiracy

DMV signSAN DIEGO — A supervisor at the Department of Motor Vehicles office in El Cajon is among nine defendants charged in an alleged bribery conspiracy that resulted in the production of fraudulent driver’s licenses for applicants who had failed — or not taken — the required tests.

According to a federal complaint unsealed today, Jesse Mario Bryan, 36, supervised DMV officials responsible for conducting driving tests for driver’s license applicants who were charged in a criminal indictment last May in a related case.

The criminal complaint also alleges that 43-year-old Alexander Gonzalez recruited applicants who would pay for fraudulently obtained driver’s licenses, and that the entire conspiracy involved the payment of more than $100,000 in bribes by applicants to recruiters.

The other named defendants are 33-year-old Frank Tom Attiq, 48-year-old Ali Al Nadawi, 20-year-old Saleh Almuzini, 39-year-old Matthew Allan Elliott, 20-year-old Mohamed Alali, 44-year-old James Lester Shaw and 22-year-old Hassan Hamad Althami.

Those seven are accused of paying bribes to receive fraudulent driver’s licenses. Recruiters brokered the corrupt deals for the fraudulent licenses by getting money from the applicants and paying the bribes to the DMV employees, according to the government.

From December 2010 through April 2012, Bryan supervised employees — at both the El Cajon DMV office on Graves Avenue and the Rancho San Diego DMV on Jamacha Road — who falsely entered both “passing” written and “passing” driving test scores for applicants in exchange for bribes ranging from $75 to $600 per license, the complaint alleges.

Last May, 21 defendants — four of whom were DMV officials — were indicted on charges of conspiracy to commit bribery and to produce unauthorized identification documents.

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6 Comments to “9 charged in DMV driver’s license conspiracy”

    Guest said:
    February 11, 2013 at 5:47 PM

    notice alot of them are mid-eastern names?? this is typical procedure in that part of the world..bribes are part of the package…obaa doo a gooba myhoca

    by doing so you/they lower the standard of living for the rest of us..nice..
    pathetic jerks..take your customs back home w/ you. now!

    steve said:
    February 11, 2013 at 6:04 PM

    They probably have connections in every DMV office. Will they be able to
    catch all of them and void their licenses? Probably not ! Don't worry
    though. There's only 11 million illegals here.
    Bail Bond San Diego

    Guest said:
    February 12, 2013 at 11:15 AM

    ok, I would agree that this is a part of the mentality over there in the middle east but at the same time they have found a person who is "American" to get their license done. we can not just a stupid generalization and accuse people of their descent otherwise I would say all American officials are spoiled especially after the news talking about an official helping Dorner in getting away to Mexico.

    Guest said:
    February 12, 2013 at 11:16 AM

    ok, I would agree that this is a part of the mentality over there in the middle east but at the same time they have found a person who is "American" to get their license done. we can not just make a stupid generalization and accuse people of their descent otherwise I would say all American officials are spoiled especially after the news talking about an official helping Dorner in getting away to Mexico.

    Bensie Dorien said:
    February 12, 2013 at 7:20 PM

    Good work., driving is big responsibility, one who violates it must be punished severely…

    Bensie Dorien
    http://www.ezdrivingtest.com/

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