Charges Filed in Department of Motor Vehicles Scam
A 54-year-old man accused of embezzling as much as $10,000 from seven victims by posing as an employee of the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) is expected to be arraigned next week, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced.
Julio Cesar Alvitres is charged with seven counts of grand theft of personal property, and one count each of counterfeit seal and forgery. The defendant allegedly solicited individuals seeking to register vehicles or obtain drivers’ licenses and social security cards, and allegedly showed the victims a DMV employee identification card, which prosecutors contend was fake. The defendant purportedly told the victims that he could obtain the documents they sought for a fee. Each victim paid the defendant between $100 and $4,500 for the services between April and November.
If convicted as charged, Alvitres faces a maximum state prison term of seven years. He will appear in Department 30 of the Foltz Criminal Justice Center, and bail is being recommended at $200,000.