- The Washington Times - Tuesday, May 20, 2008


Ex-DMV worker admits to bribes

A former D.C. Department of Motor Vehicles employee yesterday admitted to issuing roughly 200 driver’s licenses to foreign nationals ineligible to receive them.

Patricia E. Gonzalez, 39, of Takoma Park, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to receipt of a bribe by a public official. She admitted to issuing the licenses without requiring proper documentation or verifying personal information of the applicants.

Gonzalez also said she entered false information into the department’s system and used her override authority to have it accept the data and issue the licenses. In exchange, she received bribes from $500 to $1,000.

Gonzalez faces a maximum of 15 years in prison and a $250,000 fine when she is sentenced Aug. 14.



Father enters plea in children’s deaths

A Rockville man has pleaded not criminally responsible to charges he drowned his three children at a Baltimore hotel.

Mark Castillo, 41, entered the plea yesterday in Baltimore Circuit Court. He will undergo a mental-health evaluation.

Court documents state Mr. Castillo has confessed to March 30 killings of Anthony, 6; Austin, 4; and Athena, 2.

He had been involved in a custody dispute with his estranged wife.


Seized slots funds given to police

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