Three admit to helping unqualified CDL applicants

| 6/22/2005

Three former employees of a Chicago-based firm have admitted to helping unqualified drivers obtain commercial drivers licenses in Wisconsin.

Rafal Maliszewski, Magdalena Jelic, and Agnieszka Gierula, all former employees of Bamba Inc. – a company that supposedly helped immigrants obtain legal status and documentation in the U.S. – admitted they helped in the scheme in U.S. District Court on June 20.

The guilty please came as the owner of the business, Adam Babul, went on trial on charges of conspiring to defraud the government, according to The Associated Press.

The investigation into the company is the latest in the federal government’s Operation Safe Road investigation into bribes paid in exchange for CDLs.

Maliszewski said that on instructions from Babul, he gave applicants the answers to an exam that was required by Wisconsin to get a CDL.

Jelic and Gierula, meanwhile, pled guilty to opening up false bank accounts in Wisconsin under the names of the applicants.

Maliszewski and Jelic are testifying against Babul in the case, which is expected to last a week.