'Reliable' school subject of CDL fraud charges

| 10/1/2004

Lidia A. Rodezno, owner and instructor of the Illinois-based Reliable Driving School, was sentenced in U.S. District Court in Chicago to three years’ probation for extortion, the Department of Transportation’s Office of the Inspector General recently announced.

Rodezno pleaded guilty July 1 to conspiracy to commit extortion for paying bribes to Fernando Murillo, supervisor at an Illinois Secretary of State driver’s license facility, in order to pass at least 45 unqualified CDL applicants in 2003 and 2004.

Murillo, no longer employed by the Illinois Secretary of State, was sentenced on Sept. 10 to 15 months in prison for accepting the bribes. The U.S. Postal Service and the Illinois Secretary of State Inspector General investigated the case.