Deputy Charged in Alleged Ticket-Fixing Bribery Scheme
A Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputy was charged Thursday for allegedly accepting bribes in exchange for fixing traffic tickets.
Edwin Allan Tamayo was charged with six counts of conspiracy to obstruct justice, two counts of accepting a bribe and one count of preparing false documents, according to a news release from the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.
Tamayo was accused of taking bribes on at least two occasions while working at the Lost Hills Station, the release stated.
On one occasion, prosecutors said Tamayo was paid at least $1,000 by a motorist to get rid of three tickets in 2012.
Tamayo was allegedly able to remove the tickets from the system before they were filed in court.
He even went as far as taking court notices out of a colleague’s office mailbox, prosecutors said.
If convicted as charged, Tamayo faced up to nine years and eight months in state prison.
He was scheduled to be arraigned on June 25.