A truck driver pleaded guilty to charges of lying to a
federal investigator in U.S. District Court in St. Louis on Thursday, July 13.
The charges stem from a federal investigation led by the FBI
into commercial driver’s license fraud in Missouri.
According to court documents, Samir Hasanovic, 22, of Arnold, MO, admitted that he lied to investigators when he was questioned in February about
how he obtained his CDL.
Hasanovic told investigators with the FBI and the U.S.
Marshal’s Service that he had taken and passed tests required by the state to
obtain his CDL. Hasanovic later admitted in court that he had, in fact,
purchased falsified documents from a man in Kansas City, MO, and used those
documents to obtain his CDL.
Hasanovic also repeated the false statements in testimony
before a federal grand jury before finally pleading guilty.
Sentencing for Hasanovic has been scheduled for Sept. 27.
This is the first conviction in ongoing federal and state
investigations into CDL fraud in Missouri.
Earlier this year, the state shut down two testing
facilities in Sikeston, MO, and West Plains, MO, where testers allegedly took
money in exchange for passing drivers without giving them the proper tests.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that the FBI
also raided Bosna Truck Driving School in St. Louis in 2005 and charged the
owner with accepting bribes in exchange for passing drivers on tests.
It is unknown if Hasanovic was connected to any of these
schools. Calls to the FBI were not returned and a spokeswoman for the U.S.
Attorney’s office in St. Louis said she could not comment on the investigation.