New York Commercial Driver’s License Cheating Scheme Uncovered
On October 24, 2013, in U.S. District Court, Brooklyn, New York, eleven defendants were indicted for their roles in a widespread fraudulent Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) test-taking scheme. The investigation uncovered fraudulent CDL test-taking activities at five Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) test centers in the New York City (NYC) area, involving DMV security personnel. It is alleged that CDL applicants paid the defendants between $1,800 to $2,500 for CDL test answers and escort assistance through the DMV process. To facilitate the fraud scheme, defendants provided CDL applicants with pencils containing encoded test answers and Bluetooth headsets to communicate test answers. The defendants also acted as CDL test takers to help paying applicants during the test.
The eleven defendants indicted in the CDL test taking fraud scheme are Marie Daniel, Joachim L. Pierre, Luc Desmangles, Tanael Daniel, Jose Payano, Dale Harper, Akmal Narzikulov, LaToya Bourne, Beayaeh Kamara, Firdavs Mamadaliev, and Inocente Rene' Gonzalez.
We are conducting this investigation with the assistance from Department of Homeland Security, New York Police Department, NYC DMV Investigations, NYS-Attorney General's Office, and NYS-IG.
Note: Indictments, informations, and criminal complaints are only accusations by the Government. All defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.