Two former DOT employees are facing multiple felony counts each after it was discovered that they had allegedly been accepting cash in exchange for passing grades on the skills portion of the CDL exam.
City of Detroit Department of Transportation employees Calvin Foulks and Michelle Reed were both CDL examiners for the DDOT, responsible for conducting testing on behalf of the state. They allegedly forged documents stating that CDL applicants had taken and passed their CDL skills tests.
According to the Michigan Attorney General’s Office, Foulks and Reed together fraudulently passed at least 85 CDL applicants between 2012 and 2013. Reed retired from the DDOT in 2009, but had still been conducting tests on behalf of the state.
Both stand charged with multiple counts of felony forgery. Foulks is charged with eight counts while Reed has been charged with five. Each count carries a maximum sentence of up to 14 years in prison. While unlikely, that means that Foulks could theoretically receive a sentence of 112 years in prison.
All 85 CDL applicants who received their licenses as a result of the alleged fraud have had their CDLs invalidated.
By the end, Foulks and Reed had allegedly received a total of $4,000 from the fraud.