Indian-American indicted for failure to self-surrender to serve his prison sentence

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Los Angeles based Indian-American broker, Damanpreet Singh has been indicted for failure to self-surrender to serve his prison sentence for bribing  DMV employees to alter records, of which he pleaded guilty.

A federal grand jury returned a single-count indictment against Singh on Thursday, March 28.

According to court documents, on September 14, 2018, Singh was sentenced to 24 months in prison for conspiring to commit bribery, identity fraud, and unauthorized access of a computer in connection with a fraudulent driver’s license scheme.

Singh was ordered to self-surrender to begin serving his sentence on January 4, 2019, but he did not turn himself in and instead became a fugitive. His brother and attorney denied knowing about his
whereabouts to law enforcement when he did not turn himself to prison, however, on March 13 Singh was arrested according to the press note.

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 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.

Between April 2016 and July 2017, Gilliam was responsible for the issuance of at least 57 fraudulent licenses along with his co-conspirators.

This case is the product of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Assistant U.S. Attorney, Rosanne L. Rust is prosecuting the case.

If convicted, Singh faces a maximum statutory penalty of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

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