|For Immediate Release
Case # 12CF1146
April 19, 2012
|Susan Kang Schroeder
Chief of Staff
DMV EMPLOYEE TO BE ARRAIGNED FOR STEALING CASH PAID BY CUSTOMERS FOR SERVICES
SANTA ANA – A Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) employee will be arraigned Monday for stealing money that had been paid by customers for services. Patricia Rosario Casas, 44, Anaheim, is charged with four felony counts of misappropriation of public funds, four felony counts of falsification and concealment of public accounts, and four felony counts of computer access and fraud. If convicted, Casas faces a maximum sentence of 11 years in state prison. She is being held on $25,000 bail and is expected to be arraigned Monday, April 23, 2012, at 10:00 a.m. in Department CJ-1, Central Jail, Santa Ana.
On four occasions between July 28, 2010, and Feb. 15, 2011, Casas is accused of charging four customers for services at the Westminster DMV office and accepting cash payments from them. After the transaction, the defendant is accused of changing the previous cash fees in the computer system to show as a “no fee transaction” to make it look as if the services she provided were free. The defendant is accused of taking 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 today, April 19, 2012.
Deputy District Attorney Brock Zimmon of the Special Prosecutions Unit is prosecuting this case.