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Owners of Brooklyn CDL Driving School Plead Guilty to Fraud Charge

On September 19, 2012, Ying Wai Phillip Ng and Pui Kuen Ng, operators of commercial driving school N&Y Professional Service Line, Brooklyn, New York, pled guilty to a mail fraud conspiracy.

Between approximately 2001-2012, both assisted customers take the written New York state (NYS) commercial driver’s license (CDL) examination by providing customers with the answers to the test questions.  NYS-Department of Motor Vehicles issues CDLs in accordance with U.S. DOT 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 a money forfeiture provision of approximately $125,000 in cash and $50,000 in seized property.

This case is being worked in conjunction with the El Dorado Task Force, Department of Homeland Security.