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Office of Public Affairs
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Sacramento, CA 95814
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 20, 2012
Sacramento - A Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) employee, who worked at the Los Angeles field office located on 3615 S. Hope Street, along with two other individuals were taken into custody Thursday, and charged with allegedly being involved in a fraudulent driver license and ID scheme.
Arrested were Coretta Lasha Gray Beason-Samuel, 38, along with two non-DMV co-conspirators Danavian Travon Hughes, 35 and Adolfo Maria Cruz, 45, who allegedly facilitated the issuance of a California Identification Card to an undercover officer.
The DMV employee, Beason-Samuel, faces a total of 21 felony counts, including falsification of public records, unauthorized computer access and the alteration of DMV data, conspiracy and perjury and a possible sentence of 13 years in prison. She is being held on $150,000 bail. Hughes faces 11 felony counts with a possible five year sentence and Cruz faces three felony counts with a possible four year prison sentence. Both are being held on $75,000 bail.
On December of 2010, a joint investigation was developed between the Department of Justice, Office of the Attorney General Division of Law Enforcement Firearms Trafficking Task Force and DMV Investigation Division, Special Operations Branch, Office of Internal Affairs.
The DMV employee Beason-Samuel, allegedly conspired with the facilitator (Cruz) to produce a fraudulent California Identification Card (ID) to an undercover officer. During the investigation it was discovered the employee processed a fraudulent California Driver License for her boyfriend (Hughes) who assumed the identity of an out of state victim.
In a separate enforcement activity, investigators on Thursday also arrested DMV employee Patricia Rosario Casas for allegedly stealing cash customers paid for services at the Westminster DMV office. Casas is accused of accepting cash from customers for services on four occasions between July 28, 2010, and Feb. 15, 2011. She is being held on $25,000 bail at the Central Jail.
Attention news desk editors: Media requests can be made through Acting DMV Internal Affairs Commander Robyn Gomez, at (916) 657-7742
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