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Arlington assessor pleads guilty to taking bribes

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ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — A former supervisor at an Arlington County motor vehicle office has pleaded guilty to accepting more than $11,000 in bribes.

Thirty-three-year-old Francisco Samayoa Hernandez of Silver Spring, Md., worked as a tax assessor supervisor at Arlington County's DMV Select, which the county operates under contract with the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles to provide services like registration and title processing.

At a plea hearing Tuesday in federal court in Alexandria, Samayoa admitted to accepting about $11,480 in bribes from a vehicle exporter to falsify DMV paperwork that allowed the exporter to avoid nearly $25,000 in registration and title fees on various luxury automobiles.

Court records show Samayoa received 15 separate bribe payments between July 2012 and November.

Samayoa's lawyer did not immediately return a call and email seeking comment Tuesday.

Ingrid Morroy, Arlington County's commissioner of revenue, who oversees operation of the DMV Select along with the county treasurer's office, said her office cooperated with the investigation and she is "pleased to see that justice will be served."

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