Former State Employee Sentenced to 12 months in Prison for Role in $2 Million Scheme to Defraud the Office of AIDS
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Damanpreet Singh, 33, of Los Angeles, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Garland E. Burrell Jr. to two years in prison for conspiring to commit bribery, identity fraud and unauthorized access of a computer, U.S. Attorney McGregor W. Scott announced.
According to court documents, between April 2016 and July 2017, Singh conspired with two DMV employees, Lisa Terraciano and Aaron Gilliam, who, in exchange for bribe payments, would alter DMV records to fraudulently show that individuals had passed DMV tests needed to obtain commercial licenses, which the applicants had not taken or passed. At least 60 individuals’ DMV records were fraudulently updated as a result of Damanpreet Singh’s conspiracy with the DMV employees. Singh received approximately $90,000 for his role in the conspiracy, some of which he in turn paid to the corrupt DMV employees.
Terraciano and Gilliam have pleaded guilty to conspiring to commit bribery, identity fraud and unauthorized access of a computer and are scheduled to be sentenced by U.S. District Judge Garland E. Burrell Jr. on October 5, 2018.
This case is part of a series of ongoing investigations by the California Department of Motor Vehicles, Office of Internal Affairs, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), and the Department of Transportation, Office of Inspector General. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Todd A. Pickles and Rosanne L. Rust are prosecuting the cases.