Two-year sentence for Arlington government worker who forged paperwork, took bribes

An Arlington County government worker who took bribes to help people avoid paying taxes and other charges on vehicles was sentenced to two years in prison Monday, authorities said.

Francisco Samayoa Hernandez, 33, of Silver Spring admitted that he took more than $11,000 in bribes to forge Department of Motor Vehicles paperwork so that a vehicle exporter could avoid paying taxes and other fees on several luxury vehicles.

Hernandez, who worked as a tax assessor supervisor at an Arlington County Department of Motor Vehicles office, pleaded guilty to a bribery charge in March, authorities said.

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