Woman Who Took Bribes And Issued Fraudulent California CDLs Sentenced To Prison
Sacramento, California – A California woman has been sentenced for her role in a scheme in which she and an associate received monetary bribes in exchange for providing Class A commercial driver licenses (CDLs) to people who either did not pass or take the required tests.
In November 2017, Kari Scattaglia, 40, of Sylmar, and another former California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) employee, co-defendant, Lisa Terraciano, 52, of North Hollywood, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit bribery, identity fraud, and unauthorized access of a computer.
On Friday, July 26, 2019 Scattaglia was sentenced to two years and eight months in prison.
Friday’s sentencing only applied to Scattaglia, while Terraciano is scheduled to be sentenced later in the Fall.
Court documents reveal the conspiracy, where Scattaglia and other DMV co-conspirators “repeatedly, and without authorization, accessed the DMV computer database and altered DMV records to incorrectly and fraudulently indicate that the truckers had passed the written examinations” for CDLs, lasted between September 2014 and April 2017.
Scattaglia began her employment at the DMV in April 2007.
During the years in which the CDL conspiracy took place, she served in roles as an assistant manager, manager, and a Licensing-Registration Examiner (LRE) at the Arleta DMV and the Granada Hills Driver License Processing Center.
Court documents also reveal Scattaglia and Terraciano “were paid no less than $18,600 for the issuance of fraudulent licenses.”
In exchange for the monetary bribes, “Scattaglia and Terraciano each accessed the DMV’s database in Sacramento to alter the records of applicants to fraudulently show that the applicants had passed the required written tests when, in truth, the applicants had not passed the tests or, at times, even taken the written tests,” U.S. Attorney McGregor W. Scott announced in a press release.
As a result of the fraudulently altered records, the DMV issued permits to drivers, as well as completed CDLs applicants’ who either didn’t pass or even take the required skills test.
Further, Scattaglia also accessed the DMV database to fraudulently alter records to show that the applicants had passed their driving skills tests, though they had not taken and/or passed those tests as well.
“Scattaglia’s greed led her to value self‑enrichment over the safety of the millions of people accessing California and interstate highways,” Special Agent in Charge Sean Ragan of the FBI Sacramento Field Office.
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“Instead of performing her job honestly, she took bribes in exchange for enabling drivers of tractor-trailer trucks to operate in California without passing the tests required to ensure they could operate safely,” Ragan continued.
According to the plea agreements, Scattaglia caused “at least 68” fraudulent CDLs (including permits) to be issued, while Terraciano was responsible for “at least 148.”
“Individuals in positions of trust who exploit federal and state law for personal gain pose a significant threat to public safety and national security,” said Jerry Templet Jr., Deputy Special Agent in Charge of Homeland Security Investigations (San Francisco and Northern California) after Scattaglia’s sentencing.
Terraciano is scheduled to be sentenced by U.S. District Judge Garland E. Burrell Jr. on September 27.
She faces a maximum statutory penalty of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) was assisted by the California DMV, Office of Internal Affairs, and Homeland Security Investigations in this case.
(Images courtesy of Kari Scattaglia/Facebook)