MALIBU—A former Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputy pleaded no contest on Wednesday, September 10 to conspiracy to obstruct justice for taking bribes in exchange for fixing traffic tickets.
Edwin Allan Tamayo, 43, will return to Department 31 of the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office on October 8 to face sentencing in his case. He was charged with six counts of conspiracy to obstruct justice, two counts of accepting a bribe and one count of preparing false documents.
According to a press release from the District Attorney’s Office, Tamayo, who was assigned to the Lost Hills Station before he resigned, patrolled the regions of Malibu, Agoura Hills and Calabasas.
He resigned from duty on August 19, after it was discovered he was fixing tickets by removing them before they were filed in court. He took court notices from one of his colleague’s office mailbox without the deputy’s knowledge.
Deputy District Attorney Deborah Delport who prosecuted the case noted that the suspect was compensated by friends or acquaintances for his covert actions on at least two occasions. In one incident, he was paid at least $1,000 by a driver to eliminate three tickets in 2012.
Tamayo’s bail was set at $190,000, when he was charged on June 5, 2014. He could face up to nine years and eight months in a state prison. This case was investigated by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Internal Criminal Investigations Bureau.