Three men were indicted
this week on charges they helped arrange Florida commercial driver's licenses
for unqualified applicants, The Miami Herald reported.As a result of the indictments,
hundreds of truckdrivers throughout the nation may be forced to retake the
driver's examination or risk losing their licenses.
Tester Jorge Carranza
falsified test results and failed to flunk applicants who committed violations
during the test that are grounds for automatic failure, according to the newspaper.
Carranza, who formerly worked for Three S Trucking of Fort Lauderdale, is
a state-certified private tester.
According to the Herald,
Carranza and two other Three S Trucking employees reportedly received cash
payments of at least $50 from Lech Rzedzian and Felix Mamedov, in return for
arranging that CDL applicants passed their skills tests regardless of their
driving knowledge and ability. According to the Herald, many of the applicants
are of Eastern European descent with poor English skills. They were brought
to Florida from Illinois to get CDLs. Carranza claims he never overlooked
infractions or falsified test scores. And the $50 he sometimes received was
The indictment says Rzedzian
assisted applicants in fraudulently passing written CDL tests, according to
the Herald. Mamedov, an interpreter, helped the applicants cheat on the state's
written knowledge test. Three S Trucking has not been charged.