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Owners of a Brooklyn CDL Driving School Plead Guilty in Fraudulent CDL Test-Taking Scheme

On January 8, 2015, spouses Ying Wai Phillip Ng and Pui Kuen Ng, owner/operators of a commercial driving school, N&Y Professional Service Line in Brooklyn, New York, pleaded guilty to fraud in connection with identification documents. From approximately 2001 to 2012, the Ngs assisted customers in taking the written New York State (NYS) commercial driver’s license (CDL) examination by providing the answers to test takers. The NYS Department of Motor Vehicles issues CDLs in accordance with USDOT regulations. Many of the driving school’s customers did not speak or write in English. The school routinely provided certain customers with covert camera equipment prior to taking the CDL exam, which was viewed remotely. This enabled the defendants to provide the test answers to the customers through a pre-arranged pager mechanism. It is estimated that as many as 500 CDL applicants passed the exam as a result of this scheme.

As part of their guilty pleas, the Ngs agreed to be jointly and severally liable for a forfeiture money judgment in the amount of $125,000 in cash, forfeited assets of $50,645 in seized bank funds, and a 2004 Toyota Sienna used in the commission of the crime.

We are conducting this investigation with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security - El Dorado Task Force.