The former owner of Central Truck Driving School has been sentenced to over four years in prison after pleading guilty to charges including conspiracy to commit bribery and identity fraud. He had been working with California DMV employees to issue CDLs to students who had not earned them.
Central Truck Driving School had four different locations. One each in Fremont, Lathrop, Fresno, and Salinas. Most students who passed through the doors earned their CDLs the normal way. But a joint investigation spearheaded by the FBI found that some of the students at the school were bribing their way into the driver’s seat.
Between 2012 and 2015, Central Truck Driving School owner Mangal Gill would accept bribes from students. He would then pay off partners inside the California DMV. Those partners would then alter the DMV’s database to show that the students had passed their written and skills portions of their exams. A bribe could be paid after a student failed the test, but sometimes a CDL was issued without the student taking any exam at all.
The investigation was launched in 2013. On multiple occasions, authorities posed as students hoping to buy their CDLs. Eventually, the investigation identified Gill, three DMV employees, a broker, and another employee of the driving school as being part of the conspiracy.
Only one other co-defendant has been sentenced so far – a former DMV employee who will spend 3 years and 10 months in prison.