Mangal Gill, of San Ramon, Calif., was sentenced last week by a U.S. District Judge to four years and three months in prison for conspiracy to commit bribery and identity fraud.
Gill owned Central Truck Driving School. Between April 2012 and April 2015, Gill conspired with employees of the California Department of Motor Vehicles and others to fraudulently obtain commercial driver’s licenses for Gill’s truck school students and others who did not take or pass the written or the behind-the-wheel driving examinations. Gill received money from those wishing to obtain a CDL and, in turn, paid bribes to the DMV employees, who would access the DMV’s database to alter records indicating that the individuals had passed tests when, in fact, they had not passed them or, in some instances, taken any examination at all.
As a result, individuals were able to obtain driver’s licenses, including commercial licenses, without having taken and passed the requisite written or behind-the-wheel driving tests.
In sentencing Gill, Burrell referred to the criminal conduct as “egregious” and potentially endangering the safety of the public.
Several co-defendants, mostly DMV employees, previously pleaded guilty or were found guilty at trial of conspiracy to commit bribery and identity fraud.