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Bristol County woman sentenced to prison for bribing road test examiner to issue driver’s licenses without taking road tests



BOSTON – A Taunton woman was sentenced yesterday for bribing a road test examiner at the Registry of Motor Vehicles in Brockton to issue driver’s licenses to individuals who did not take road tests.

According to the Massachusetts Department of Justice, Neta Centio, 56, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Leo T. Sorokin to 15 months in prison, one year of supervised release, a fine of $10,000 and forfeiture of $19,305. On Aug. 21, 2023, Centio pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit honest services mail fraud.

Centio paid a road test examiner at the Brockton RMV service center to misrepresent to the RMV that certain driver’s license applicants had passed their road test when, in fact, they had not even showed up for the test. As a result of the fraud, the RMV mailed driver’s licenses to unqualified applicants. Centio used CashApp to pay the road examiner in exchange for fraudulent passing scores on road tests, ultimately paying over 40 individual bribes to her co-conspirator. After Centio’s fraud was discovered, she told the road test examiner, “Don’t say nothing about the CashApp. . . . Break the phone.”

Acting United States Attorney Joshua S. Levy; Michael J. Krol, Special Agent in Charge of Homeland Security Investigations in New England; and Christopher A. Scharf, Special Agent in Charge, U.S. Department of Transportation Office of Inspector General, Northeast Region made the announcement today. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Christine Wichers and Adam Deitch of the Public Corruption & Special Prosecutions Unit prosecuted the case.

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