Former Dept. of Safety clerk, accomplice sentenced in bribes-for-licenses scheme

Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at 4:26pm

A former Tennessee driver’s licensing clerk was sentenced earlier this month on federal bribery charges for issuing licenses to ineligible persons for money.

U.S. District Judge Kevin Sharp sentenced Larry Murphy, 54, of Antioch on Feb. 15 along with Anny Castillo, 30, of Madison, for her role in paying Murphy for the licenses, according to the U.S. attorney’s office in Nashville.

The FBI filed a criminal complaint against Murphy last April that accused him of assisting illegal immigrants with obtaining the licenses from the Hart Lane testing facility without passing the necessary tests.

Authorities said at the time that Murphy took more than $5,000 to help undercover FBI employees obtain commercial and regular driver’s licenses since January.

The FBI also stated that they used an informant to contact Castillo, who then acted as a middleman between undercover agents and Murphy.

Murphy, who worked at the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security as a licensing clerk, was sentenced to two years and three months in prison and ordered to forfeit almost $70,000 in bribes he received for issuing the unauthorized driver’s licenses.

Castillo was sentenced to 90 days in prison and nine months of house arrest. She was also ordered to forfeit $42,500 of the money she received through the deals. Both defendants requested more lenient sentences, but Sharp noted that the sentences imposed were called for due to the serious nature of the offense.

2 Comments on this post:

By: Rasputin72 on 2/27/13 at 6:26

The penalty for DWI and issuing false licences is much greater than rape,manslaughter,second degree murder and identity theft and car theft.

By: govskeptic on 2/28/13 at 6:51

As to most, if not all, charges against government employees whether Federal or
State courts, the sentence is very light compared to what others receive for far
less crimes or amounts taken in various crimes. It never seems to change, and
why they get this leniency I've never understood.