WESTMINSTER (CBSLA.com) — A California Department of Motor Vehicles employee accused of accepting bribes in exchange for providing driver’s licenses is facing criminal charges.
The Orange County District Attorney’s office said in a news release that Jose Alberto Carrillo, 47, Fresno, has been charged with two counts of altering public documents and two counts of computer access and fraud, all felonies.
The 47-year-old man was arrested in Fresno Thursday and has since posted bail set at $20,000.
The charges stem from allegations that Carrillo altered a customer’s DMV record to show that the person had passed the written driving test in exchange for $100 on May 10, 2012.
That, prosecutors allege, resulted in the issuance of an interim driver’s license for that customer.
Carrillo is also accused of accessing another person’s DMV record after business hours on June 4, 2012 and entering false information to indicate that the customer had provided a U.S. birth certificate in exchange for $500. Prosecutors said that person was issued a driver’s license.
“The DMV became aware of the issue when one of the customers who had paid Carrillo came into the DMV complaining that he had not received his permanent [California driver’s license] as promised,” the news release said.
Prosecutors said Carrillo was working as a motor vehicle representative in Westminster at the time of the alleged incidents.
Carrillo is scheduled to be arraigned next month. If convicted, he could face a maximum sentence of five years in jail.