The owner of a St. Louis-based truck driving school was convicted for multiple bribery and fraud charges on Wednesday, April 2, in U.S. District Court.
According to court documents, Mustafa Redzic, owner of Bonsa Truck Driving School, made $1.8 million from 600 students, many of whom were Bosnian and spoke little English.
U.S. Attorneys showed in court that Redzic sent 600 of his students to Troy Parr, 51, a CDL examiner certified by Missouri and employed at a testing facility in Sikeston, MO.
The students typically took shortened versions of the CDL test, with many being completed in 30 minutes. Normal test times, however, took two hours, the court documents stated. Redzic persuaded Parr to approve two of his students who never showed up in Sikeston for a test in one instance.
Redzic’s arrangement led to the “nearly 100 percent success rate his students enjoyed testing at Parr’s facility,” the indictment stated.
Redzic paid Parr “consulting” fees for visiting his school, paying him $1,050 and $2,050 at a time.
Redzic was convicted of one felony count of bribery, one felony count of conspiracy to commit bribery, one felony count for wire fraud and one count for mail fraud. The bribery conviction carries a maximum of 10 years in prison and a fine of $250,000; the conspiracy charge carries a maximum of five years and $250,000; and the mail and wire frauds each carry a maximum of 20 years and $250,000.
– By Charlie Morasch, staff writer