More sentences handed down for CDL test-taking scheme in NYC

By Tyson Fisher, Land Line staff writer | Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Two more defendants have been sentenced for their involvement in a widespread CDL test-taking scheme in the New York City area, according to a news release from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Office of Inspector General.

Joachim Pierre Louis, 32, and Dale Harper, 48, were found guilty of conspiracy to unlawfully produce identification documents and mail fraud conspiracy. Louis will be incarcerated for six months and fined $5,100. Harper was placed on probation for three years and must complete 100 hours of community service.

Court documents reveal 11 people were indicted in October 2013 for a CDL test-taking scheme in New York City. CDL applicants paid for a cheating service where they were told to leave the DMV with uncompleted tests that would be completed by Marie Daniel, a co-defendant in the case. Security guards who were co-conspirators in the scheme would allow those who paid for the service to leave the testing area.

Applicants paid between $1,800 and $2,500 for CDL exam answers and escort assistance through DMV processes, according to the Office of Inspector General. The assistance provided to applicants included pencils that contained encoded test answers, Bluetooth headsets that relayed answers, and an external test-taker who was positioned nearby to take the exams.

An investigation found that five New York State DMV test centers were being used for the fraudulent CDL test schemes, the Office of Inspector General noted. Surveillance operations, including the use of remote observation posts and pole-cameras, identified the defendants participating in the fraud scheme, including DMV security personnel, an external test-taker, facilitators, “runners,” and lookouts.

Defendants charged in the case are: Akmal Narzikulov, 28, of Brooklyn; Firdavs Mamadaliev, 22, of Brooklyn; Dale Harper, 48, of Bronx; Joachim Pierre Louis, 32, of Brooklyn; Latoya Bourne, 32, of Brooklyn; Marie Daniel, 47, of Queens Village; Luc Desmangles, 27, of Brooklyn; Beayeah Karmara, 25, of Staten Island; Jose Payano, 44, of Brooklyn; Tanael Daniel, 36, of Brooklyn; and Inocente Rene Gonzalez-Martinez, 57, of Brooklyn.

Three other defendants were found guilty in a trial with Louis and Harper. The remaining six defendants have pleaded guilty.

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