Colorado’s Division of Motor Vehicles
has revoked the licenses of more than 200 truck drivers and other CDL holders
because the division suspects they were obtained with false information, The Denver Post reported today, Jan. 25.
The state’s Department of Revenue,
which includes the motor vehicle department, was already under investigation by
the U.S. Attorney’s Office and the federal Department of Transportation after
suspicions were raised that state employees were illegally selling driver’s
licenses, the newspaper reported.
Many of the licenses, which included a
number of tractor-trailer drivers and others, used Social Security numbers that
did not match the drivers’ names. Some CDLs were allegedly sold for up to
A similar scandal in Illinois led to
charges against – and convictions of – more than 60 people. That case included
charges against former Gov. George Ryan, who is now awaiting trial.
The Illinois investigation, dubbed “Operation Safe Road,” initially focused on bribes exchanged for CDLs for unqualified truck drivers at
the McCook CDL facility. The federal probe was later expanded to a range of alleged
bribery and other corruption in the 1990s.
Ryan, who served as
secretary of state from 1991 to 1999 – and therefore was in charge of McCook
and other such facilities – has said he knew there was a culture of corruption
in the secretary of state’s office but said he was unaware of the specifics.
Two of the truckers who received the
fraudulent licenses in the Illinois scandal were later involved in two
accidents with a total of nine deaths. One of those incidents involved a fatal
74-vehicle wreck in 1998.