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DMV Worker Charged With Fraud in Fullerton Over Cash-For-License Scheme

August 23, 2011

A Fullerton DMV worker was arrested recently and charged with 19 counts of altering public documents and 19 counts of fraud for allegedly issuing driver's licenses after falsifying computer records, The Orange County Register reports.

Charges of fraud in Fullerton and throughout Orange County can range in meaning and possible penalty. Falsifying documents for profit, billing for medical services not provided and other examples of lying for profit.
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For anyone charged with fraud, hiring an experienced Santa Ana Criminal Defense Attorney is necessary because the state is likely to utilize as many resources as necessary in order to secure a conviction. Especially at a time when our economy is in big trouble, allegations of money being stolen is a big deal. The loss of money can hurt private businesses as well as public entities, and therefore law enforcement and prosecutors are likely to seek big penalties if a person is convicted.

In this case, the 37-year-old woman is accused of taking $23,000 from 12 people to alter their driver's license records between June 10, 2009 and April 27, 2010. She allegedly changed records to show they each passed the written and driving tests to obtain commercial drivers licenses and issued them permits.

According to prosecutors, none of the dozen drivers passed the tests, some which were safety-related, including proper techniques for driving semi-trucks, using specialized brakes and puling double trailers. Officials have revoked the 12 licenses.

The state says the drivers were referred to the woman through other people, who have yet to be identified. It's unclear how the money was allegedly split between the woman and the people who made referrals. The state is using the drivers as potential witnesses against the woman.

Therein lies a big issue with the case. The prosecution has decided not to file charges against the drivers in this case, who allegedly paid money for licenses, which is against the law. This brings up a big issue with the credibility of these potential witnesses.

In any case where there are co-defendants or co-conspirators who make an agreement with the state to testify against another person, their credibility must be questioned by an aggressive Orange County Criminal Defense Attorney. They have something at stake if they don't say exactly what the state wants them to say.

If a co-defendant who was once charged makes a deal with the state to prove specific details, even varying slightly from the testimony they agree with the state to give can ruin their deal. Usually, a plea deal severely lessens the amount of time they can serve in prison, if they were otherwise convicted.

The stakes may be even higher for those who aren't charged. These people face no charges, but if they don't cooperate or tell a story contradictory to what others who are cooperating with the state say, they could all of a sudden be stuck with a jail mug shot and arrest rap sheet.

All of these details must be presented to a jury by an experienced Orange County Criminal Defense Attorney. The weaknesses of the state's witnesses must be revealed in order to make sure a defendant's rights are upheld.

If you are facing criminal charges in Orange County, contact the Law Offices of Vincent J. LaBarbera Jr. to discuss your options. Through three decades of experienced, Attorney LaBarbera has argued over 200 criminal trials and appeals. Call (714) 541-9668 for a confidential appointment to discuss your rights.

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Additional Resources:

D.A.: DMV worker took cash for licenses, by Vik Jolly, The Orange County Register