Walter Mencken 4 p.m., May 3
How to get a drivers license: pay a bribe
DMV office supervisor one of those charged in bribery conspiracy
Jesse Mario Bryan, who supervised licensing examiners at the Department of Motor Vehicles in El Cajon, was criminally charged today (Feb. 11) for his involvement in a bribery scheme in which drivers who had failed tests, or not taken them, could get a license by paying bribes. Nine defendants were arrested earlier today. According to the complaint, Alexander Gomez recruited applicants who would pay for the fraudulent licenses. Those allegedly paying the bribes, and also charged, were Frank Tom Attiq, Ali Al Nadawi, Saleh Almuzini, Matthew Allan Elliott, Mohammed Alali, James Lester Shaw, and Hassan Hamad Althami.
According to the complaint, from December 2010 through April 2012, Bryan supervised DMV employees at the El Cajon and Rancho San Diego offices who falsely entered passing written and driving test scores for prices ranging from $75 to $600 per license. According to the government, the scheme also involved fraudulent license production. Class C, or regular, licenses would go for $400 to $500 each. Class A licenses, which go to drivers allowed to drive vehicles weighing more than 10,000 pounds, went for $2,500 to $3,000.
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