Former DMV Motor Vehicle Rep Sentenced to 22 Months in Prison
Accepted bribes to alter records in DMV database
SACRAMENTO- On August 23, 2019, former California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) employee Aaron Gilliam, 51, of Sherman Oaks, was sentenced to 22 months in prison for conspiracy to commit bribery, to commit identity fraud, and to commit unauthorized access of a computer.
According to court documents, Gilliam worked at the Hollywood DMV starting in October 2006. Between January 2011 and July 2017, Gilliam worked as 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 hadn’t 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.
“California DMV investigators are sworn peace officers who conduct thorough and complicated investigations that unfortunately sometimes involve DMV employees,” said California Statewide Law Enforcement Association (CSLEA) President Alan Barcelona. “Their cases involve identity theft, fraud, odometer tampering, unlicensed car dealers, the illegal use of handicapped placards and falsified documents.”