South Carolina DMV worker on the lam after CDL fraud charges

| Wednesday, July 27, 2011

One state DMV worker helped at least 19 people obtain CDLs without taking either the driving or written portion of the test, investigators say. The South Carolina worker is now on the lam.

Brenda Kay Poston had worked as a customer service representative for the South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles. Investigators say she helped at least 19 CDL holders with “unverifiable credentials,” between at least 2004 and 2009, and helped 13 drivers obtain CDLs or other endorsements fraudulently.

Poston faces five charges of making false statements related to U.S. District Court in South Carolina. Court documents say Poston would input waivers into the state’s computer system instead of requiring the drivers to take either the written or driving portion of the exam.

The waivers are used typically for licenses that are transferred from other states for drivers that have undergone driving exams in those states.

The South Carolina DMV revoked those drivers’ credentials and offered re-examinations for all drivers who obtained fraudulent CDLs.

Poston was fired, and “remains at large,” according to the U.S. DOT Office of Inspector General.

According to court documents, creating fraudulent CDLs became so second nature for Poston that she obtained them for people who didn’t even drive commercial vehicles.

According to the criminal indictment filed against Poston, one witness against her lived with Poston for 18 months. During that time, “RG” told Poston his driver’s license was falling apart, court documents say. “Poston took the license and said not to worry about it,” the indictment reads. “Poston gave him a license within a couple of days … He later realized it was a CDL.”

Another male driver who knew Poston through RG said Poston dropped off a CDL for him, even though he’d never asked for one.

“He said he never asked for a CDL nor did he give anything to Poston for the CDL,” the indictment reads. “He didn’t know why Poston would give him a CDL.”