Louisiana man charged for falsifying CDL skills test certificates

| Monday, April 18, 2016

A third-party commercial driver’s license examiner in Louisiana has been charged with falsifying test results, according to federal court documents.

Christopher Pender was certified to administer CDL tests by the Louisiana Department of Public Safety’s Office of Motor Vehicles. Rather than administer a test, Pender also accepted cash payments for a Commercial Driver’s Skills Test Certificate. Pender would falsely indicate that the applicant had successfully completed the CDL skills test.

As a result of paying for the certificate, applicants would obtain a CDL without having taken the skills test, let alone successfully completed it.

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Office of Inspector General is conducting the investigation in coordination with the Louisiana State Police, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, and the Louisiana Department of Public Safety, Office of Motor Vehicles.

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