For Immediate Release
Susan Kang Schroeder
DMV EMPLOYEE CONVICTED FOR STEALING CASH PAID BY CUSTOMERS FOR SERVICES
SANTA ANA – A Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) employee was convicted and sentenced today for stealing money that had been paid by customers for services. Patricia Rosario Casas, 44, Anaheim, pleaded guilty to four felony counts of computer access and fraud and four misdemeanor counts of petty theft. Casas was sentenced to 90 days in jail, three years of formal probation, and restitution. The 90 days in jail may be served as community service as determined by the Orange County Probation Department.
On four occasions between July 28, 2010, and Feb. 15, 2011, Casas charged four customers for services at the Westminster DMV office and accepted cash payments from them. After the transaction, Cases changed the cash fees in the computer system to show as a “no fee transaction” to make it appear as if the services she provided were free. Cases took a total of $106.
On Feb. 15, 2011, Casas’ supervisor became suspicious after a customer complained that he did not receive change following a transaction with Casas. The case was reported to the California DMV Investigations Division, who investigated the case and arrested Casas.
Deputy District Attorney Brock Zimmon of the Special Prosecutions Unit prosecuted this case.