supervisor for a trucking firm in Lyons, IL, pleaded guilty Aug.
9 in Chicago to a federal fraud charge of pocketing bribes in
return for allowing about 20 unqualified motorists to drive for
the carrier, AP reports.
a former manager of Watkins Motor Lines, admitted giving passing
grades on written and road tests for many Eastern European emigrants
who couldn't understand English "at even the most basic level,"
said Nowak's plea agreement.
pocketing bribes of $100 to $200 at a time -- and at least $3,000
total -- to fraudulently qualify drivers to transport freight
on Watkins' behalf. His guilty plea brings to 47 the number of
convictions so far in the continuing federal Operation Safe Road
probe of driver's license selling.