Arlington County Employee Sentenced for Falsifying DMV Paperwork

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    A former Arlington County employee was sentenced Monday to two years in prison, followed by three years of supervised release, for accepting more than $11,000 in bribes from a luxury vehicle exporter.

    He was also ordered to pay $21,000 in restitution to the Virginia DMV and to turn over the money collected in the bribes to the government, according to U.S. Attorney Dana J. Boente.

    Francisco Samayoa Hernandez, 33, of Silver Spring, Md., worked as a supervisor at DMV Select, which the county operates under contract with the DMV to provide services like registration and title processing.

    Hernandez admitted to accepting a total of $11,480 in bribes from a vehicle exporter to falsify DMV paperwork and pleaded guilty at a hearing in March held in federal court in Alexandria.

    The paperwork allowed the exporter to avoid $25,000 in registration and title fees on a Lamborghini and multiple Ferraris, Porsches and Mercedes. Hernandez also helped another individual avoid paying more than $16,000 in taxes for two Lamborghinis.

    Hernandez also admitted to serving as a straw buyer for three BMW's in his name and falsely told a dealership that he was not purchasing the vehicle for export.