All things considered, Patricia Rosario Casas made a good call pleading guilty to stealing money from DMV customers at her counter in Westminster. Looking at 11 years in state prison with a conviction without a guilty plea, the Anaheim 44-year-old copped to four
felony counts of computer access and fraud and four misdemeanor counts
of petty theft. Her sentence: 90 days in jail that she can possibly serve as community service as directed by the county probation department.
Serving the community somewhere other than a DMV counter, presumably.
Casas on four occasions between July 28, 2010, and Feb. 15, 2011,
accepted cash payments from customers for services but entered “no fee
transaction” in the Westminster DMV
computer system. Her total take: $106.
On that final date, a customer who became upset over not receiving
change contacted Casas' supervisor. The case was reported to the
California DMV Investigations
Division, which arrested Casas after an investigation.
Besides the jail (or community service) time, she received three years of
formal probation and an order to pay restitution.
Matt Coker has been engaging, enraging and entertaining readers of newspapers, magazines and websites for decades. He spent the first 13 years of his career in journalism at daily newspapers before "graduating” to OC Weekly in 1995 as the paper’s first calendar editor. He went on to be managing editor, executive editor and is now senior staff writer.