The Pennsylvania Attorney
General's office announced Nov. 7 charges against 56 people in an ongoing
investigation of an alleged license-for-bribes scam at the state's Transportation
The investigation centers
on former licensing examiner Robert Ferrari Sr. who was charged with 56 third-degree
felony counts of unlawful use of a computer and the same number of felony
charges for tampering with public records, according to published reports.
Ferrari already faces a 20-count federal indictment on charges he sold bogus
commercial driver's licenses to 20 people, 18 of which permit the transport
of hazardous materials.
Also charged was James
Bidwell, an alleged middleman who was responsible for arranging bogus licenses.
He faces third-degree felony charges of criminal conspiracy and tampering
with public records.
Nineteen of the people
charged reportedly acquired a fraudulent license after their legitimate Pennsylvania
licenses were suspended for moving violations, including drunken driving.
The remaining 35 charged had no driver's license at all and applied for a
Pennsylvania license through Ferrari after falsely stating they had a valid
Virginia license. Ferrari allegedly received as much as $1,000 per fraudulent
license he provided.
Each of Ferrari's 112
charges carry a penalty of seven years in prison and a $15,000 fine. The 56
people whose charges were announced face one count each of tampering with
public records and conspiracy, both third-degree felonies.