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Former DMV employee pleads guilty in driver’s license scheme

A former California Department of Motor Vehicles employee has pleaded guilty to his role in a scheme to issue fraudulent licenses.

Andrew Kimura, 31, of Sacramento pleaded guilty Friday in federal court to two counts of conspiracy to commit bribery, according to a U.S. attorney’s office news release.

Kimura was a DMV employee working in Sacramento as a licensing-registration examiner, according to court documents. He processed applications for Class A and Class B commercial driver’s licenses and Class C noncommercial driver’s licenses.

According to the plea agreement, between April 2013 and July 2015, Kimura received money from various brokers to provide driver’s licenses for people who had not taken or passed the necessary DMV examinations.

Kimura then accessed the DMV’s database to alter records, indicating that those individuals had passed certain tests. As a result, the individuals were able to obtain driver’s licenses without taking or passing the required written or behind-the-wheel driving tests.

Kimura also altered DMV records to provide for renewal of various California driver’s licenses in exchange for money from brokers, authorities said.

Kimura is to be sentenced Aug. 12 by U.S. District Judge Garland E. Burrell Jr.

Emma Klem, another DMV employee, and Kulwinder Dosanjh Singh, a broker, previously pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit bribery as part of the same investigation. No sentencing date has been set for them.

Co-defendants Robert Turchin, Mangal Gil and Pavitar Dosangh Singh are awaiting trial.

The case resulted from an investigation by the FBI, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations and the California DMV.

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy