Thursday, November 6, 2014

Former LA County deputy sheriff sentenced to probation for taking bribes

Former Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputy sentenced to probation for taking bribes to fix traffic tickets

On November 4, 2014, Edwin Allan Tamayo, 43, was sentenced to three years of probation and ordered to resign from the Sheriff’s Department by Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Robert Vanderet. In September 2004, Tamayo pleaded no contest to one count of conspiracy to obstruct justice. The former deputy sheriff was assigned to the Malibu/Lost Hills Station, until his resignation on August 14, 2014.

In his capacity as the deputy sheriff, Tamayo managed to fix traffic tickets in exchange for bribes, by removing the citations before they were filed in court. He also stole court notices from a colleague’s office mailbox, without the other deputy’s knowledge. In one instance, Tamayo was paid at least $1,000 by a driver to get rid of three traffic tickets in 2012.

Tamayo also fixed a ticket for a person who donated $500 in 2011 to sponsor a Sheriff's Department group at a golf tournament held by the Malibu Chamber of Commerce. The ticket fixer participated in the said golf tournament.

Tamayo was convicted of fixing a total of eight tickets, including one that was referred to him by a lieutenant, whose acquaintance had been issued a citation. The original charges included accepting bribes, preparing false documentary evidence and conspiring to obstruct justice, carrying up to nine years and eight months in prison.