Two third-party Mississippi CDL examiners were indicted in March for their role in a scheme that granted applicants a passed skills test despite never taking the test. A jury trial is set for May.
For a two-year period from August 2014 to September 2016 in Hinds County, Miss., Robert Anthony Davis and Benjamin James McGriggs, falsified skills test score sheets while failing to administer the driver skill and road tests, according to the federal indictment.
McGriggs and Davis would grant the fraudulent test scores in exchange for cash. The federal indictment details eight separate occasions where fraudulent score sheets were handed out. However, a U.S. Department of Transportation news release states that approximately 65 CDL skills test applicants were given fraudulent skills test scores.
Both McGriggs and Davis were indicted on March 7 on five separate counts related to false and fraudulent statements. Subsequently, each were charged with three of the five counts, including conspiracy to defraud the U.S., false statements and destruction, altercation and falsification of records in a federal investigation. Court records show a jury trial set for May 8.
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Office of Inspector General is conducting this investigation with the Mississippi Department of Public Safety, Mississippi Bureau of Investigations and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.
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