UPDATE: DMV Admits Mistake, Returns License to Motorist

Lazaro Dinh, with wife Hanh

DMV admits to making a mistake and finally returned to Lazaro Dinh the driver’s license he obtained after switching his last name to his wife Hanh’s (Special to Gossip Extra)

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Just days after we exposed the plight of a man whose driver’s license was suspended by the Department of Motor Vehicles because he changed his last name to his wife’s, red-faced agency officials reinstated his license!

And he heard unusual words from a bureaucracy: We made a mistake!

“I didn’t think it was going to be this quick,” said Cuban-Miamian Lazaro Dinh, now a West Palm Beach resident.  “But within hours of the Gossip Extra story, the department had someone call to apologize. They had me go to their office and have the license reinstated. I couldn’t believe it.”

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Dinh came to us last week with a serious problem: He couldn’t do his job as real estate investor because the DMV accused him of fraud and suspended his license.

And a hearing officer early this month affirmed the suspension, telling Dinh that the DMV does not allow men to change their names into their wife’s.

Dinh, formerly Lazaro Sopena, was married in 2011 to hottie Hanh Dinh and agreed to change his name so that they could continue her family line.

DMV claimed fraud more than a year after he received a new license correctly bearing the name Laz Dinh.

“We were surprised to hear about this and we noticed we made a mistake,” said DMV spokeswoman Kirsten Olsen-Doolan. “We’re sorry about what happened. Men can change to their wife’s name, and we are providing additional training to make our employees aware of it.”

Lazaro, meanwhile, said he’s out about $5,000 in attorney’s fees, which the DMV won’t cover.

Sorry, man, there’s nothing we can do about that!

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  1. Jenny says

    That story from the get out debt guy shows Mr. Dinh owed a non for profit organization and was helping people get out of foreclosure, it seems he had nothing to do with the company that the FTC shut down for helping homeowners get out of foreclosure. The reality is that the Feds do not want anyone helping homeowners beat the banks because it is not good for the economy, this is what happens when you try to go against the big banks that put lied and commited fraud themselves. I do not think his non for profit company issues have anything to do with the DNV name change, because it seems the name change happened before the FTC filed their lawsuit so what is he trying to hide? is not like he is trying to hide after the fact…

  2. Joe says

    I doubt the FTC lawsuit and other actions came out of nowhere. This guy was likely up to some sleazy business and got nailed for it. Going public with the name-change story might have been a brilliant plan to bury the FTC stories. Now, when people Google this guy’s name, they get stories about him being nice to his wife, instead of the stories about him and some others preying on people in foreclosure.