A Fullerton DMV employee was formally sentenced today to four years behind bars for taking cash to alter driver's license records and issue commercial licenses to individuals who had not passed the required written and driving tests. But Michelle Carbajal cut a different deal to ease her pain, getting 14 months in jail and two years and 10 months under mandatory supervision in exchange for having copped to 42 felony counts of altering public documents and computer access and fraud.
Working through a third party authorities have yet to identify, the Fullerton 38-year-old unlawfully altered tests and records for 14 people who'd ponied up a total of more than $24,000, although it's unclear how much went to her and how much the headhunter received. A DMV supervisor became suspicious of her, which resulted in her arrest on Aug. 19, 2011.
She pleaded guilty under the court deal on April 18.
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According to a statement today from the Orange County District Attorney's office (OCDA), "Carbajal's actions endangered public safety, as some of these tests were safety-related including proper use of specialized brakes, proper pulling of double trailers, the ability to drive semi-trucks and other commercial vehicles, among other skills. None of the 14 individuals had passed any of the tests."
Makes you feel safe the next time a semi's swaying in front of you on the 57, no?