Seven Florida driver
license examiners were arrested last week for accepting bribes in exchange
for providing licenses and identification cards to unqualified drivers. Prosecutors
don't know how long the examiners had been taking bribes or how much their
The examiners, who worked
out of offices in Hialeah and Coral Gables, were caught accepting payoffs
on video and audio tape, according to a released statement by the Florida
Attorney General's office. They are charged with a total of 189 felony counts,
including racketeering, bribery, unlawful compensation, forgery and computer
crimes. They face maximum prison sentences ranging from 20 to 570 years.
driver licenses or temporary licenses qualifying truckers to take road tests
were issued to people who did not qualify for them and either could not or
would not undergo required examinations to obtain them legally," statewide
prosecutor Melane Ann Hines said. "Regular licenses and identification
cards were also issued to individuals who could not provide documentation
to prove their identities and/or their legal presence in the United States."
The examiners are being
held on bonds ranging from $50,000 to $500,000. The truckers caught in the
sting conducted at the two testing offices as well as others may be called
back to be retested.