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* Rodney Wheatly, Donald McGowan and Maricar Bazemore Arrested for Allegedly Selling Fake Driver’s License

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A former California Department of Motor Vehicles employee and two co-conspirators were sentenced to jail time Thursday after running a scam for unlicensed drivers to obtain counterfeit licenses. Fairfield resident Rodney Wheatly, 46, was sentenced Thursday to a year in Sacramento County jail for selling phony licenses to unlicensed drivers for as much as $500, according to the office of Attorney General Jerry Brown. Two co-conspirators — Vacaville residents Donald McGowan, 55, and Maricar Bazemore, 37 — referred drivers interested in the phony licenses to Wheatly. They were sentenced to six months in Sacramento County Jail Thursday, according to Brown’s office. To catch the three scam artists investigators called Bazemore and pretended to want a license. Bazemore then arranged to meet them at a Vacaville Taco Bell. At the Taco Bell, Bazemore introduced investigators to McGowan, who as described to them as Wheatly’s best friend. An agent paid McGowan $300 up front before going into a Napa DMV field office. At the Napa office, Bazemore told an agent to complete a driver’s license application and then go to Wheatly’s window. Before leaving, the agent asked for a temporary license before paying the remaining $200. The two co-conspirators agreed and made the exchange at the Vacaville Taco Bell. All three scammers entered no contest pleas to a single felony charge of unlawful access to a computer system.

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