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By Miriam Raftery

If you’re planning to get a driver’s license, or take care of other business at the Department of Motor Vehicles, you’d better plan ahead.

The DMV office in El Cajon will be closed for remodeling after April 25 and won’t be open again until October. This is the only DMV location in East County.

So you’ll have to visit the San Diego, San Diego Clairemont, Poway, Chula Vista, or San Ysidro field office instead. You can also make inquiries online by visiting


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"closing for remodeling" ----------------- from the FBI website-- -------------- A (Driver’s) License to Steal Corruption in a San Diego Motor Vehicle Office ------------------ You could call this scam a license to steal, and it certainly was—until it all came crashing down on the corrupt state employees and their accomplices who were selling California driver’s licenses for cash. ------------ For at least three years, though, between 2009 and 2012, the scammers had a nearly seamless operation that netted a tidy profit. Here’s how it worked: ----------------- In all, 30 defendants have been charged with conspiracy to commit bribery and identification document fraud, and all have pled guilty. The case is ongoing (see sidebar). Bednarek is scheduled to be sentenced in April. Another DMV employee, Jim Bean, was sentenced to 18 months in prison for his role in the scheme.