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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of California

Friday, August 23, 2019

Former DMV Motor Vehicle Representative Sentenced to 22 Months in Prison for Accepting Bribes to Alter Records in DMV Database

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Aaron Gilliam, 51, of Sherman Oaks, was sentenced today to 22 months in prison for conspiracy to commit bribery, to commit identity fraud, and to commit unauthorized access of a computer, U.S. Attorney McGregor W. Scott announced.

According to court documents, Gilliam worked at the Hollywood DMV starting in October 2006. Between January 2011 and July 2017, Gilliam was a Motor Vehicle Representative at the DMV’s Hollywood office where he processed driver’s licenses. Gilliam admitted that between April 2016 and July 2017, he had received money in exchange for accessing the DMV’s database to alter records to result in a passing score for written examinations for individuals who had not taken or passed the examinations. Based on evidence obtained through the investigation, Gilliam was responsible for the issuance of at least 57 fraudulent licenses and permits.

This case was the product of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the California Department of Motor Vehicles Office of Internal Affairs. Assistant U.S. Attorney Rosanne L. Rust prosecuted the case.

Financial Fraud
Identity Theft
Public Corruption
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Updated August 23, 2019