- Associated Press - Friday, June 26, 2015

SAN DIEGO (AP) - A California Highway Patrol officer has been charged in a Department of Motor Vehicles bribery scandal.

The San Diego Union-Tribune (http://bit.ly/1djm03l) reported Thursday (http://bit.ly/1djm03l ) that Carlos Ravelo was indicted in federal court on charges of illegally transferring a temporary license to a driver.

Court records show Ravelo’s case is related to a former DMV official who took $5,000 in bribes for letting people keep their driving privileges.

Driving safety officer Alva Benavidez was sentenced to three months in prison for accepting bribes that included designer purses and sunglasses.

Defense lawyer James Pokorny says Ravelo was not involved with Benavidez and is a highly respected officer.

Ravelo is on leave and has pleaded not guilty to two charges of unlawful transfer of a document.

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Information from: The San Diego Union-Tribune, http://www.utsandiego.com

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