M. Winniczek, a former employee of React Inc., a Tampa truck-driving
school, was sentenced in U.S. District Court in Chicago to 22
months in jail for helping unqualified truckdrivers obtain Florida
CDLs in return for bribes.
the truckers were later involved in two separate accidents with
a total of nine fatalities. Typically, the applicants used the
Florida CDLs to obtain commercial licenses in Illinois and at
least 19 other states.
with his partner Tony Puleo, Winniczek was charged with helping
more than 1,000 unqualified Eastern European and Russian applicants
obtain CDLs in return for $800 to $1,300 in cash bribes. Winniczek
also was fined $7,500. Puelo is waiting to be sentenced.
was part of Operation Safe Road, an effort by a task force involving
the U.S. Department of Transportation's Office of Inspector
General, the FBI, the IRS Criminal Investigation Division, the
Postal Inspection Service and Illinois State Police.