Federal investigators say the owner of a St. Louis trucking school bribed a third-party CDL administrator to approve CDL exams for some 600 of his students, many of whom were Bosnian and spoke little English.
According to an indictment filed last week in U.S. District Court in Cape Girardeau, MO, the feds allege that Mustafa Redzic sent about 600 of his students to Troy Parr, 51, of Dexter, MO. Parr was an examiner certified by Missouri and was employed by a Sikeston, MO-area testing facility.
Both men were charged with mail fraud, wire fraud and conspiracy to defraud the U.S. Redzic also was indicted for bribery.
According to court documents, Redzic’s arrangement led to a “nearly 100 percent success rate his students enjoyed testing at Parr’s facility,” the indictment stated.
Allegedly, the students typically took shortened versions of the CDL test, with many being completed in 30 minutes while normal test times were about two hours. In one instance, Redzic persuaded Parr to approve two of his students who never showed up in Sikeston for a test, according to court documents.
The charges also claim that Redzic convinced Parr he’d have a job with the truck driving school, and invited Parr to visit his school, reimbursing him for travel expenses and paying Parr $1,050 and $2,500 on separate occasions.
Redzic’s Bonsa Truck Driving School had revenues of $1.8 million from the 600 students, according to the court documents.
– By Charlie Morasch, staff writer