U.S. Attorney Phillip A. Talbert announced Friday two former employees with the California Department of Motor Vehicles’ pleaded guilty to conspiracy to sell Class A commercial driver’s licenses to individuals without proper testing.
Thirty-nine-year-old Kari Scattaglia of Newhall and 51-year-old Lisa Terraciano of North Hollywood were charged with identity theft, unauthorized access of a computer and conspiracy to commit bribery.
Scattaglia worked as an assistant manager, manager and licensing-registration examiner with the Granada Hills Driver License Processing Center and Arleta DMV since April 2007. Terraciano worked for the DMV since June 2005 and was a motor vehicle representative in the Winnetka DMV office from 2014 through 2017, according to court documents.
Terraciano and Scattaglia processed applications for California CDLs, a requirement to operate semi- or tractor-trailer trucks.
The defendants unlawfully accessed the Sacramento DMV database and altered several applicants’ records to falsely show they passed the required written tests. This action caused the DMV to issue permits to those applicants, permitting them to take the behind-the-wheel driving test.
Scattaglia also altered several records of applicants to show they had successfully passed the driving test, even though those individuals never took or passed the test.
Terraciano caused the DMV to issue 148 CDLs and Scattaglia 68. They are facing a maximum 5-year imprisonment and $250,000 fine.