Man fined, jailed for role in Florida CDL testing scheme

By Tyson Fisher, Land Line staff writer | 1/20/2016

A man involved in a commercial driver’s license testing scheme in Florida was sentenced after pleading guilty last September. Conditions include one year in prison, one year of supervised release, and a total fine of $30,000, according to federal court documents.

Ellariy Medvednik and three others were indicted for conspiring to charge unqualified CDL seekers thousands of dollars to obtain their CDL through false representation of residency, cheating on tests, and getting cleared by a man on the inside. The scheme ran from June 2013 to May 2015.

Medvednik owned a website called and a truck driving school named Larex Inc., both targeting Russian-speaking prospects. Applicants would contact Medvednik through the website. Through arrangements made from the website contacts, Medvednik would charge anywhere from $1,800 to $5,000 for Larex’s services.

With the assistance of Natalia Dontsova and Adrian Salari, Medvednik would provide applicants with documents necessary to prove Florida residence. Documents were falsified as the students were not residents of Florida.

With “covert means of communication” Medvednik, Salari and Dontsova would supply the students with answers to the written test, according to the indictment. Court documents did not specify what the covert means of communication entailed, only that surveillance equipment was used. The three defendants would take the applicants to third-party tester and co-defendant Clarence Davis for verbal testing. Despite the students not knowing the English language and committing acts that typically result in automatic failures, Davis would pass them at a rate of $75 more than the posted rate of $175 per student.

According to the indictment, at least 600 students seeking a CDL used Larex’s services. Once a CDL was obtained, the holder would transfer the Florida license to their home state.

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