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Bribery Scandal at DMV – Two Indian Employees Involved

Two Department of Motor Vehicles staffers were paid more than $100,000 each while on administrative leave around the time a bribery scandal involving the DMV’s computer system broke.

A 2017 lawsuit alleges that those information technology staffers sabotaged the agency’s computer modernization in an attempt to obtain bribes.

But state officials declined to say why IT employees Manivannan Karuppuswamy and Anand Vijayaraghavan were put on leave — and what the internal investigation found.

“The Department has provided the records on this request as required by law,” DMV spokesman Kevin Malone wrote in an email exchange. “We decline to answer any further questions on this matter.”

The agency is looking for a new contractor to modernize its computers, and Karuppuswamy and Vijayaraghavan continue to work on the project, records show.

The agency squandered more than $26 million in vehicle registration fees in the past four years on the failed modernization attempt.

During the 2019 legislative session, lawmakers extended the fee for two additional years to pay for a new modernization plan.

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