Guilty plea for CDL fraud at Missouri trucking school

| Wednesday, December 12, 2007

The Department of Justice recently announced another guilty plea in the case of officials at a truck-driving school in West Plains, MO, conspiring to fraudulently approve CDL testers.

Abdulfatah Osman Farah, 24, a citizen of Somalia living in Kansas City, MO, recently pleaded guilty to participating in the scheme and faces up to five years in prison.

Last year, a grand jury indicted 15 co-defendants for mail fraud related to a conspiracy “to provide commercial driver’s license to more than 70 Somali and Bosnian nationals.”

According to a news release from the Department of Justice, the men engaged in a mail fraud conspiracy between April 1, 2003, and Feb. 6, 2006, in Cole, Jackson and Howell counties in Missouri.

The conspiracy involved the Muslim Brothers & Sisters Truck Driving School in Kansas City, MO, which investigators say provided answers to written CDL tests, and the South Central Career Center in West Plains, MO. Operators of the South Central Career Center took extra fees for approving many students for the driving portion of the CDL test without actually testing them.

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