South Carolina man pleads guilty for administering unauthorized CDL tests

By Tyson Fisher, Land Line staff writer | Wednesday, September 09, 2015

A South Carolina man operating as a third party commercial driver’s license tester pleaded guilty to charges of making false statements over administering unauthorized tests, according to court documents filed on Aug. 31.

In June, Land Line reported that Thomas Lindsey had been charged for fraudulent documents while conducting CDL tests. 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.

Lindsey originally entered a plea of not guilty on June 23 before changing his plea to guilty last Monday. According to a federal court docket, Lindsey pleaded guilty to only one of 10 counts, with the remaining nine counts to be dismissed.

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