Federal officials announced that Thomas R. Duke,
owner of TTT Truck Drivers School Inc. Macon, GA, has been convicted of 40
counts of conspiracy for falsifying student tests.
He faces a maximum sentence of 5 years in jail
and a $250,000 fine on each count.
DOT Inspector General
Kenneth Mead stated, "We have identified fraud in the commercial driver's
license program as one of the nation's most serious safety problems. The
of Thomas R.
Duke for these criminal violations should send a strong signal that we will not
tolerate inadequate training and false testing of commercial truck drivers.
We must make every effort
to ensure that our nation's truck drivers are properly trained and tested
to operate commercial vehicles on our highways. This will help us to protect
the traveling public."
Following a week-long trial, Duke and TTT were
each convicted of making false statements in a matter within the jurisdiction
of the Department of Transportation and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety
Administration, and multiple counts of wire fraud.
Evidence showed Duke and TTT conspired with
Terence E. Haley to falsify the skills tests of 623 driving school students.
Students later submitted the forms to Georgia officials to obtain CDLs.
Terence E. Haley had earlier pled
guilty to a charge of conspiracy, testified at the trial and is awaiting