Iraqi refugee gets probation in CDL scam

| 6/12/2002

An Iraqi refugee was placed on probation and fined last week for paying $1,000 to obtain a Pennsylvania commercial driver's license. In Pittsburgh, U.S. District Judge Robert Cindrich sentenced Hussain Sudani to three years' probation and ordered him to pay a $100 fine.

Sudani, of Everett, WA, pleaded guilty to illegally obtaining a CDL in March. He was among 20 Middle Eastern men who illegally obtained a hazmat license from Robert Ferrari, a former Pennsylvania Department of Transportation examiner. Ferrari has since pleaded guilty to selling the licenses to men without having them take the proper tests.

The indictment naming him and the others created a stir following the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks because of the possibility the scheme was linked to terrorism. Federal authorities have since said none of the suspects has been linked to any terrorist plots.