Two more plead guilty to sham CDL test-taking scheme

By Tyson Fisher, Land Line staff writer | 2/6/2015

Adding to the list of people recently pleading guilty to a bogus CDL test-taking arrangement in New York City, two additional individuals charged for their participation have pleaded guilty, according to the Department of Transportation’s Office of Inspector General.

Firdavs Mamadaliev, 22, pleaded guilty to identification documents fraud on Jan. 26, according to court documents. One week later, Akmal Narzikulov, 28, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit mail fraud. Six people, including Mamadaliev and Narzikulov, have pleaded guilty in connection to the CDL scheme that took place at New York State Department of Motor Vehicle locations. Eleven people were indicted in October 2013.

According to the indictment, Narzikulov and Mamadaliev provided non-English speaking CDL applicants with a coded pencil containing answers to CDL audio tests in exchange for money. With the aid of other coconspirators, Narzikulov would instruct the applicants to leave the testing with their uncompleted tests. This was accomplished through signals from two security guards who were part of the scheme.

Land Line reported earlier this week that the two security guards also pleaded guilty. Marie Daniel, who completed the unfinished exams, pleaded guilty last month to one count of attempt and conspiracy to commit fraud, according to court documents.

Applicants paid facilitators 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.

Other defendants charged in the case are Inocente Rene Gonzalez-Martinez, 57, of Brooklyn; Latoya Bourne, 32, of Brooklyn; Dale Harper, 48, of Bronx; Joachim Pierre Louis, 32, of Brooklyn; Luc Desmangles, 27, of Brooklyn; Beayeah Karmara, 25, of Staten Island; Jose Payano, 44, of Brooklyn; and Tanael Daniel, 36, of Brooklyn. 

The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security Investigations, Department of Transportation’s Office of Inspector General, New York State Inspector General, New York State Attorney General’s Office, New York Police Department Internal Affairs Bureau, New York County District Attorney’s Office, and the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles were all involved with the investigation.

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