South Carolina man charged for administering unauthorized CDL tests

By Tyson Fisher, Land Line staff writer | 6/12/2015

A South Carolina man has been indicted on charges of false statements for administering commercial driver’s license tests that he was not authorized to conduct, according to federal court documents.

Thomas Lindsey was approved by the State of South Carolina to administer CDL tests only to individuals employed by the North Spartanburg Fire Department. Court documents accuse Lindsey of overseeing CDL tests to applicants who were not employed by the fire department.

A federal indictment reveals that on Oct. 19, 2011, Lindsey issued a CDL after ignoring the pre-trip inspection, basic control skills, and driving portion of the test. On Dec. 20, 2011, Lindsey issued an applicant a CDL after waiving the basic control skills and driving sections.

The indictment lists eight other similar incidents, the latest occurring in June 2013. According to the Office of Inspector General, Lindsey collected a fee from the applicants and conducted the tests at unauthorized locations. He then instructed the test-takers to deliver the fraudulently completed skill test to South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicle locations.

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