Gossip Extra gets results!
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.”
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!