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California —Fresno resident Yadwinder Singh, 50, was sentenced to three years in federal prison for conspiring to unlawfully produce California driver’s licenses.

According to court documents, Singh acted as a recruiter of recipients in a scheme to sell fraudulently obtained “Class C” or “Class A” commercial driver’s licenses.

Former state Department of Motor Vehicles technician Alfonso Casarez took the recipients’ information obtained by Singh and had driver’s licenses issued.

Casarez altered the electronic DMV records to make it appear as though the recipients had passed the required written and behind-the-wheel tests although they had either never passed the tests or had never taken them. The DMV would automatically issue and mail a genuine driver’s license to the recipient.

Charges are pending against Casarez and one other co-defendant. Casarez’s case is set for trial April 2.

Last August Yadwinder Singh, pleaded guilty to conspiring to unlawfully produce California driver’s licenses, United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced.

According to court documents, Singh acted as a recruiter of recipients in a scheme to sell fraudulently obtained “Class C” or “Class A” commercial driver’s licenses. Former DMV technician Alfonso Casarez took the recipients’ information obtained by Singh and had driver’s licenses issued. Casarez altered the electronic DMV records to make it appear as though the recipients had passed the required written and behind-the-wheel tests although they had either never passed the tests or had never taken them. The DMV would automatically issue and mail a genuine driver’s license to the recipient.

According to court documents, Singh found paying recipients by waiting outside of the Fresno DMV. He approached people with an offer to assist them in obtaining Class A commercial or Class C licenses without the need to pass required tests.

Another recruiting technique used by Singh involved him posing as a trucking school instructor. Participants would complete a DMV application and receive rudimentary instruction from Singh in operating a commercial truck. Upon paying Singh a substantial “tuition” payment, participants would be told they had passed all DMV tests. A portion of the tuition payment went to Alfonso Casarez, who would cause the driver’s license to be issued unlawfully. Between 2007 and January 2011, Singh caused at least 32 commercial and noncommercial licenses to be unlawfully produced during the course of the
conspiracy.