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Five DMV employees in San Diego indicted on bribery charges

May 2, 2012 |  4:33 pm

Five Department of Motor Vehicles employees were among 21 people indicted in San Diego on federal bribery charges Wednesday in issuing driver's licenses to people who had flunked or not taken the tests.

Also indicted were the owner of a driver's school and 15 people who allegedly bought driver's licenses for up to $3,000. The DMV offices involved were in El Cajon and Rancho San Diego, according to prosecutors.

The licenses included regular driver's licenses and commercial licenses that allow the holder to drive vehicles weighing more than 10,000 pounds. More arrests are possible, U.S. Atty. Laura Duffy said.

Allowing someone who purchased an illegal license to drive a commercial vehicle, possibly hauling hazardous materials, represents a threat to the public, Duffy said.

All 21 people indicted face bribery charges that carry penalties of five to 10 years in prison.


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