In the past month and a half, two men have been sentenced to prison time for running two separate CDL testing schemes. And though they received the maximum allowable sentence, they’ll only be spending two years in prison each.
One man was part of a scheme which involved DMV employees in California. Together with his co-conspirators, he was paid roughly $90,000 to give at least 60 drivers a passing grade on their CDL tests in DMV records. He has been sentenced to 2 years in prison, 3 years of supervised release, and ordered to pay a $100 special assessment fee.
The other man was a former employee at a CDL training and certification school in Mississippi. After he was fired in 2014, he went out on his own. He got a list of the names and ID numbers of licensed CDL instructors in the state. He used that information to fill out fraudulent paperwork for paying customers. People paid between $200 and $400 to get their CDLs without ever needing to take a skills test. He was sentenced to 2 years in prison, 1 year of supervised release, and ordered to pay a total of $1,600.
“These types of crimes endanger our children, our families and the public at large on our roadways,” said U.S. Attorney Mike Hurst according to a DOJ press release. “When a person chooses to exchange our safety for their personal benefit, they will be prosecuted and held accountable. I commend our law enforcement partners for their excellent work to ensure our roads are and remain safe.”