Two former California DMV workers have been sentenced to prison in two separate CDL fraud schemes. Both received sentences of over 30 months in prison for their crimes.
Kari Scattaglia worked at the Arleta, California DMV and the Granada Hills Drivers’ License Processing Center as a management official and licensing registration examiner. She was caught up as part of a federal investigation into two Southern California trucking schools. The schools passed bribes to Scattaglia to have her illegally enter passing scores for the written exam for students, even when they hadn’t even taken the exam. According to the Justice Department, Scattaglia caused at least 68 fraudulent CDLs and permits to be issued.
Scattaglia has been sentenced to 32 months in prison as well as two years of supervised release. She will also need to pay a $100 special assessment fee.
In a separate case, a former DMV employee named Donald Freeman was also bribed to change DMV records to show a passing grade for the written exam portion of the CDL test. He was sentenced to 37 months in prison, two years of supervised release, and will pay a $100 fee. In this case, it is not known how many fraudulent CDLs were issued.