Guilty plea entered in Arlington bribery case; prosecutors say man accepted about $11,000

March 18

A former official in the Arlington County government pleaded guilty Tuesday to receiving bribes in connection with enabling a vehicle exporter to avoid paying Virginia about $25,000 in fees, federal prosecutors said.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office for Virginia’s eastern district said Francisco Samayoa Hernandez, 33, of Silver Spring , a tax assessor supervisor, admitted getting about $11,000 for providing titles and falsifying paperwork that let the exporter avoid the payments in connection with the registration and titling of a Lamborghini and other expensive cars.

The prosecutors said Arlington’s commissioner of revenue provides services at the local Department of Motor Vehicles office under contract. The plea was entered in federal court in Alexandria, prosecutors said.

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