Case # 16NF1560
Date: June 2, 2016
DMV EMPLOYEE TO BE ARRAIGNED FOR ILLEGALLY TAKING PUBLIC FUNDS FOR PERSONAL USE THROUGH FRAUDULENT VEHICLE REGISTRATION TRANSACTIONS
SANTA ANA, Calif. – A California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) employee was arrested today and is scheduled to be arraigned Monday for illegally taking money from vehicle registration fees for personal use through fraudulent transactions. Sunila Dang, 48, Diamond Bar, is charged with five felony counts of misappropriation of public funds and five felony counts of altering public documents. If convicted, she faces a maximum sentence of 13 years in jail. She is being held on $25,000 bail and is expected to be arraigned on Monday, June 6, 2016, at 10:00 a.m. in Department CJ-1, Central Jail, Santa Ana.
At the time of the crimes, Dang worked as an employee at the DMV in Placentia. Between Jan. 31, 2014, and Feb. 28, 2014, Dang is accused of processing cars as junked that had existing credit on it. Credits are associated with a car if cash was used toward its fees but the registration or other transaction was not completed. Those credits become state money at the time a vehicle is registered as junked.
On five separate occasions, when a cash paying customer, who had no connection to the junked car, brought in a car or group of cars (bundled cars) for registration, Dang is accused of changing the transaction type code of the junked car from “in the process of being junked” to “in the process of transferring ownership.” She is accused of removing the identification of the person who applied to junk the car, allowing her to access the existing credit on the junked car.
Dang is accused of combining the junked car with the unrelated car or bundled cars that the customer brought in to register. She is accused of using the credit from the junked vehicle to pay toward the DMV fees of the unrelated car or bundled cars and keeping the money the customer believed they were using to pay for the registration fees. After the transaction was cleared, Dang is accused of finalizing the junked vehicle transaction after the credit had been removed. She is accused of stealing over $2,200 through these transactions. The DMV Investigations Division investigated this case.
Senior Deputy District Attorney Brock Zimmon of the Special Prosecutions Unit is prosecuting this case.