Federal officials have charged 11 people in New York for allegedly organizing schemes to help commercial driver license applicants to cheat on their tests.
The individuals sold pencils that had the answers to the tests written on them, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York said. They also bribed security guards at New York Department of Motor Vehicles offices to allow test-takers to leave the buildings and come back with completed tests, the prosecutor’s office said.
More than 60 people fraudulently passed CDL tests between April and September 2013 because of the testing schemes, Loretta Lynch, the U.S. attorney for the district, said in a Sept. 26 statement after the complaint was unsealed.
“Today’s arrests demonstrate the office’s commitment to aggressively prosecute and investigate those who compromise the public safety on our roads,” Lynch said in the statement. “As alleged in the complaint, with their wide-spread cheating scheme the defendants enabled unqualified drivers to take to our roads and highways behind the wheel of large buses and heavy trucks.”