Gwinnett driver services employee accused of taking bribes

An employee at a Gwinnett County Department of Driver Services office was arrested Wednesday on charges including bribery, computer forgery and theft.

Yolanda Monek Minniefield, 36, is accused of taking money to issue fraudulent driver’s licenses to at least two men. She’s also accused of running free driving history reports for her husband.

According to arrest warrants, a man named Yuen Mei Tsui obtained a Georgia ID card through Minniefield -- described as a “license examiner” at the DDS office location on Hurricane Shoals Road in Lawrenceville. About three weeks after that Sept. 21 interaction, Tsui returned and paid Minniefield $1,500 to get a driver’s license.

“Said license was obtained illegally as admitted by DDS Examiner Minniefield,” warrants said.

Tsui was also arrested Thursday and charged with one count of bribery. Gwinnett County jail records show he’s being held for immigration authorities.

In a separate incident on Oct. 19, Minniefield is accused of taking $100 from a driver who “admittedly was unable to pass the test for the learner’s permit on several occasions.” Minniefield reportedly manipulated the DDS computer system to make it look like the man already had a Florida license, allowing him “to bypass taking any of the required tests.”

It was unclear Thursday if the man had also been charged in the case. He was not listed in Gwinnett County jail logs.

Warrants also accuse Minniefield of not charging her husband for driving history reports she ran “on several occasions.” She reportedly told investigators she did so “in order for him to gain employment.”

Messages left for a DDS spokeswoman were not immediately returned.

Jail logs show Minniefield was released Thursday on $22,800 bond.