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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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Visduh Feb. 11, 2013 @ 9:27 p.m.

All this sounds like something that would be routine in Philadelphia, New Jersey, Chicago, or just about anywhere in Mexico. What the story doesn't mention is any action taken against those "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." He was the boss, but could have done it only with the connivance and assistance of other employees.


Don Bauder Feb. 11, 2013 @ 9:34 p.m.

Visduh: Gomez was one of Bryan's assistants. I assume the probe is ongoing. Best, Don Bauder


MURPHYJUNK Feb. 13, 2013 @ 12:41 p.m.

So, thats what that paper clip on the test is for, to attach your bribe money when you hand it in to be scored.


Don Bauder Feb. 13, 2013 @ 3:28 p.m.

Murphyjunk. I would assume it's subtler than that, but I don't know. I can remember the days 60 years ago when Chicago drivers would attach a ten dollar bill to their driver's license. The cop would pull them over, take the money, and depart with a warning. In Chicago, the Outer Drive was said to be "the last outpost of free collective bargaining." Best, Don Bauder


tomjohnston Feb. 14, 2013 @ 7:39 a.m.

Old news. This has been going on for a long time. About 3 yrs ago, some people were busted up here at an LA DMV. About a year ago a woman at an OC DMV was convicted of doing it. Last spring a couple more people were arrested for doing it at the very same LA DMV office that the others were busted at. A couple of years ago, they busted 5 people from 4 different locations in the same week for doing it. The woman in OC was making 2K each for the ones she did. Like I said, old news. This ha been going on for a long time and no doubt probably still is.


Don Bauder Feb. 14, 2013 @ 8:02 a.m.

tomjohnston: No argument. Even this particular item on El Cajon/Rancho San Diego DMV was an update on a previous post I had made. This was just another step in the prosecution process. And you are right: this is happening in other cities. These factors, however, do not mean the news item should have been ignored. Best, Don Bauder


tomjohnston Feb. 14, 2013 @ 11 a.m.

Didn't intend to imply it should have been ignored. More like it happens so often and in so many places, that it's no longer a surprise when I hear about it. I don't know if it's happening more these days or if more people are getting caught. I suspect probably a little of both. The first time I heard of it had to be sometime in the '80's, somewhere here in LA.


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