DOWNTOWN — A former Department of Motor Vehicles employee who worked in the Santa Monica field office for six years was arrested Wednesday along with another employee on multiple counts of criminal misconduct for allegedly processing and selling unauthorized driver’s licenses.

Three others were also arrested for producing fake driver’s licenses and identification cards as part of an eight-month investigation conducted by the DMV, the LAPD and Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office, according to a news release.

Carlos Ku, 28, of Los Angeles worked for the Santa Monica field office as recently as January 2011, investigators said. He was charged with computer crimes for allegedly processing, issuing and selling at least eight driver’s licenses to people who did not pass proper tests at the DMV and who could not provide proof that they were in the country legally.

Ku was joined by Alejandro Rubalcava, 31, of Bellflower, who worked for the Hawthorne field office for four years.

DMV investigators discovered that the former employees were allegedly working with a “middle man,” who conspired to sell driver’s licenses to customers willing to pay for written and/or drive tests. Investigators said Ku and Rubalcava, while working for the DMV, accessed the department’s database and entered fraudulent information to circumvent certain requirements. The alleged illegal acts occurred between July 9, 2010 to January 2011.

Officials with the DMV said they have taken steps to mitigate fraud.

“Those who attempt to counterfeit and sell driver licenses unlawfully jeopardize everyone’s safety,” said George Valverde, director of the DMV. “We will continue to aggressively prosecute anyone who engages in these activities.”

In a separate action, investigators said Peter Scott Singer, 26, of Monrovia; Todd Terrazas, 24, of West Hollywood; and Lawrence Benjamin Goldstein, 22, of Los Angeles, were also arrested for producing fake driver’s licenses. Each face multiple felony counts of forging government identity documents and falsification of state seals. They were being held on $100,000 bail.

Search warrants were served at five locations: Monrovia, Venice, West Hollywood, San Marino and Pacific Palisades. Investigators said they seized computer equipment, printers, and other evidence of a counterfeit operation millhouse.

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