After getting arrested on suspicion of a second DUI last fall, David Hernandez heard from a friend of a friend that there was someone in the Orange County court system who could “fix things.”
Last November, Hernandez said, he paid $8,000 through a middleman to the fixer. For a while, it seemed as though the case had gone away.
But about three weeks ago, Hernandez received a letter ordering him to appear in a Westminster court Friday. There, officials told him they had discovered irregularities in his case.
Officials now say that about 1,000 DUI and misdemeanor traffic cases were “fixed” by a clerk, who has not been identified. The clerk apparently created fake plea deals with heavily reduced penalties.
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