South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicle Employee Indicted for Issuing Fraudulent Commercial Driver Licenses
On July 19, 2011, in U.S. District Court, Columbia, South Carolina, Brenda Kay Poston, a former South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles (SCDMV) Customer Service Representative, was indicted on multiple counts of making false statements related to a scheme which resulted in the issuance of Commercial Driver Licenses (CDL) to unqualified applicants.
This investigation resulted from a request for assistance from the SCDMV following their discovery that Ms. Poston aided several individuals in the creation of false CDL test scores, knowledge and road test scores, and operational enhancements, such as HAZMAT and passenger endorsements by entering false information into the SCDMV databases. The OIG and SCDMV conducted a historical review of the Driver History Records System which identified 19 drivers with suspicious or unverifiable credentials dating back to 2004. Ms. Poston confessed to her role in the issuance of 19 CDL and 13 drivers admitted to obtaining their CDL or endorsements fraudulently. SCDMV officials instituted Administrative Revocations of those drivers' credentials and offered re-examinations of all drivers believed to be the recipient of fraudulent CDL.
Ms. Poston was terminated from her position. She has currently fled the jurisdiction of U.S. District Court in South Carolina and remains at large.
This investigation was conducted jointly with the South Carolina Department of Law Enforcement Division.
Note: Indictments, informations, and criminal complaints are only accusations by the Government. Defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.