Prosecutors in New York have indicted 21 people for trying to buy their way to a commercial driver’s license with the intention to drive buses and big rigs.
According to a news release from the New York District Attorney’s Office, the CDL applicants paid as much as $4,000 to fraudulently receive answers to tests. The scheme occurred between August 2013 and April 2014.
The scandal has ensnared DMV employees at offices in Manhattan, Queens and Long Island. Last September, a multi-agency investigation arrested 19 people for a similar version of the same scam. During the September bust, eight ringleaders, eight test-takers and three security guards were arrested.
According to the report, the test-takers left the testing area with the tests and brought them to others who filled in the correct answers.
“We entrust the holders of specialized licenses to drive our kids to school, transport dangerous materials, and perform other important tasks, all behind the wheels of large motor vehicles,” District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. said, according to the New York Daily News. “It’s critical that these drivers have the necessary skills and knowledge to perform these duties safely.”
The test cheaters put “at risk the lives of everyone who shares our roadways,” Vance said.
The indictment charged Eli Abreu of Queens NY; Wilson Bruno of Brooklyn, NY; Angel Campusano of Brooklyn, NY; Concepcion Cruz of Nassau, NY; Jean Destin of Queens, NY; Amadou Diallo of Brooklyn, NY; Juan Flores of Suffolk, NY; Jesus Guerrero of Brooklyn, NY; Denton Harding of Queens, NY; Luis Hernandez of Queens, NY; Holger Martin of Queens, NY; Jose Martinez of Nassau, NY; Juan Martinez of Suffolk, NY; Agim Mustafaj of Putnam, NY; Nayib Pena of Westchester, NY; Jose Quiroz of Suffolk, NY; Ariel Rondon-Moronota of Queens, NY; Leroy Simpson of Westchester, NY; Marie Sixto of Nassau, NY and Roberto Tineo of Queens, NY.
Each were charged with offering a false instrument for filing, which is a felony, and false statements, which is a misdemeanor.
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