“Issuance of certificates illegally for kickbacks”.

Several Washington D.C. officials in charge of issuing barber, cosmetology, and nail-related licenses were caught receiving kickbacks and illegally issuing licenses for several years and are also under investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), making related industries and D.C. officials’ keen.

According to local media outlet ABC7, this incident involved officials from Washington DC’s Department of Licensing and Consumer Protection (DLCP) receiving kickbacks for several years and illegally issuing barber, beauty, and nail licenses.

It was revealed to the surface by acknowledging it. It was discovered that one of the officials involved was a member of the Utilization and Grooming Committee, who was appointed directly by the mayor of Washington, D.C., where some of the bribes could be considered high-ranking officials. Officials involved in the fraudulent issuance are required to meet the mandatory 1,500 hours of practical training to take the license exam, but after receiving bribes from people who failed to do so, they allowed them to take the exam and then manipulated the test scores to make them pass or had others take the exam for them.

It is known that a license was issued after passing the exam. It is currently unknown how many public officials were involved, how long the fraud was committed, and how many illegally issued licenses there were, but the scale is said to be significant.

As this fact became known, the Washington DC government began a large-scale audit and personnel reform, including replacing the head of the department. In addition, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is also known to be intensively investigating related documents, phones, and computers regarding the department, personnel, and licensor issuance status related to this incident.