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Former California Highway Patrol agents have been charged with accepting $ 35,000 bribes in exchange for forging exotic car documents.
Jessie Anthony Carrillo and James Yao Kuo pleaded not guilty in the Los Angeles County Supreme Court trial on Monday.
Kuo’s attorney, Daniel V. Nixon, said his client denied any allegations.
“He categorically denies the allegations made against him in the lawsuit and we hope to vigorously defend the case in court in the coming weeks,” Nixon said in an email.
Carrillo’s attorney did not respond to a request for comment.
The complaints were filed by the State Department of Justice on January 19, and the former officers surrendered to authorities six days later.
Carrillo and Kuo conspired to change documents intended for Carfax and the state auto ministry for two so-called “gray market” vehicles in 2016 and 2017, authorities said.
These vehicles are imported into the United States and are often prohibited from driving in California because they may not meet safety or emissions standards and cannot be registered.
Authorities only discovered the system in 2019, according to court documents, when Kuo’s ex-girlfriend told CHP that the two officers accepted money to provide false documents to the DMV.
Kuo had not been employed by CHP since August 2020 and Carrillo had not been employed as an officer since January 2020. It was not known what had led to his departure from the highway patrol last year.
Kuo worked in the eastern Los Angeles regional office and Carrillo was assigned to the agency’s southern division office.