DMV Employee Arrested For Driver License Fraud

California Department of Motor Vehicles
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January 14, 2010


Los Angeles —The California Department of Motor Vehicles today arrested DMV employee Karcius Duvel Jamison on multiple felony charges after he allegedly waived drive tests, fraudulently issued driver licenses, and illegally accessed state DMV computers.

Jamison, 45, of Gardena, a 10-year employee at the Hawthorne Field Office, was arrested by DMV Internal Affairs this morning shortly after arriving at work. The arrest was the result of a six-month investigation by the department. He is accused of 64 separate, fraudulent transactions from June 2009 to December 2009.

“The department takes the crime of fraud very seriously, and does not hesitate in taking immediate action when we suspect there is illegal activity at one of our field offices,” said DMV Director George Valverde. “Mr. Jamison will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.”

Case Summary

Jamison is a Motor Vehicle Field Representative (MVFR) whose duties include the review and approval of applications for California Driver Licenses and California Identification Cards.

Videotape and journals revealed that Jamison entered false information into the DMV database in exchange for monetary compensation. He has admitted getting paid $200 to $300 per transaction.

Jamison is also accused of entering passing test scores and waiving drive tests using fictitious out-of-state driver license numbers.

Charges:

California Penal Code Section 68 (Bribery -- 32 counts), Felony; Penal Code Section 502 (c) (32 counts – Computer Access and Fraud), Felony.

Bond: $320,000

Following his arrest, Jamison was booked at the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Inmate Reception Center. If convicted, Jamison faces a maximum penalty of $5,000 per count and up to four years in prison.

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