CDL ring provided interpreters to test-takers who shared addresses

| Thursday, April 10, 2008

The FBI busted a Spokane, WA-based CDL ring in January for allegedly bribing a license test examiner and helping Bosnian immigrants cheat on tests.

Next month, a jury trial is scheduled for Brano Milovanovic, who prosecutors say contacted Bosnian-speaking residents throughout the U.S., telling them they could obtain CDLs if they came to Spokane and paid him $2,500.

Prosecutors allege that was just the start of Milovanovic’s scheme.

After Bosnian-speaking applicants traveled to Spokane, court documents stated, Milovanovic acted as an interpreter for them, helping them cheat by telling answers and using hand signals. Once the applicants passed the written exam, Milovanovic then contacted Tony Gene Lamb, a third-party tester who was paid $200 to $500 to falsify the applicants’ skills tests.

“It was further part of the scheme and artifice that every time Tony Gene Lamb tested Bosnian-speaking applicants arranged by Brano Milovanovic, the skills test was falsified,” the indictment against Milovanovic stated.

According to court records, Washington CDLs were issued and mailed to dozens of applicants who’s applications indicated they shared particular addresses in Spokane, WA, including:

  • 40 CDLs to applicants listed at 6619 N. Lee, in Spokane;
  • 21 CDLs to applicants listed at 6423 N. Altamont, in Spokane;
  • 10 CDLs to applicants listed at 3614 N. Ferrall in Spokane;
  • 8 CDLs to applicants listed at 727 W. Glass in Spokane;
  • 7 CDLs to applicants listed at 3903 E. 35th Street in Spokane, and
  • 6 CDLs to applicants listed at 3626 N. Ralph Street in Spokane.

Milovanovic is scheduled to appear in court for a trial by jury on May 19.

His case is hardly isolated. Multiple fraudulent testing schemes among CDL applicants and third-party testers prompted Washington to stop using outside contractors for license exams.

– By Charlie Morasch, staff writer
charlie_morasch@landlinemag.com

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