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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 26, 2011
NEWS FROM: Compliance Enforcement Division 11-011

DMV Customer Arrested for Alleged Bribery
Suspect slips a note over the counter

A Henderson man faces multiple felony charges after allegedly offering a bribe to reinstate his driver license and change the date of birth listed on it. Investigators say the suspect also tried to help three underage females alter their licenses for the purpose of purchasing alcohol.

On May 12, William Michael Daugherty, 19, passed a handwritten note to a DMV technician at the office on Sahara Ave. that said, “you wanna make money call me,” and listed a telephone number.

Notified by the technician, the DMV’s Compliance Enforcement Division pursued the case and requested assistance from the Department of Public Safety – Investigation Division to arrange for an undercover officer to contact the suspect. An officer from the DPS – Investigation Division posed as a DMV supervisor and negotiated with Daugherty through several phone calls and a meeting near the suspect’s home.

Investigators say Daugherty initially offered to pay $100 to reinstate his suspended driver license and change its date of birth so it would appear he was 21 years old. Later, he asked the officer to also change the dates of birth on the licenses of three female acquaintances and offered to pay a total of $375.

Daugherty was arrested May 24 at the Flamingo DMV branch after he attempted to complete the transactions. The three females, who accompanied him to the office, were questioned and later released into the custody of their parents. All three admitted paying Dougherty $125 each to help obtain the over-21 licenses.

Daugherty, who was already on house arrest and wearing an ankle bracelet, admitted to all of the allegations against him. He was booked into the Clark County Detention Center on charges of Bribery, Forgery, Possession or Sale of False Identity Documents, Unlawful Use of a License and Burglary.

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Clark County Detention Center Booking Photo

William M Daugherty
William M. Daugherty

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