Main Defendants Plead Guilty on the Eve of Trial in Pennsylvania CDL Fraud Case
On September 8, 2011, Vitaliy Kroshnev, Tatyana Kroshnev, and Tair Rustamov each pled guilty in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to one count of conspiracy to produce and aiding and abetting the production of identification documents. Vitaliy Kroshnev also pled guilty to an additional false statement count.
A federal grand jury charged Vitaliy Kroshnev, Tatyana Kroshnev, Tair Rustamov, and seven others with false statements, identification document fraud, and bank fraud for their role in an alleged conspiracy that aided more than 400 unqualified individuals in obtaining false Pennsylvania commercial drivers' licenses (CDL's).
The conspirators operated as the International Training Academy (ITA) which purported to be both a truck-driving school and a business which rented tractor-trailers for the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) regulated CDL Skills Tests. The conspirators allegedly bypassed the FMCSA regulations by providing customers with false Pennsylvania residency documents used to satisfy PENNDOT requirements and to open illicit banks accounts to facilitate the scheme. Then, once ITA established the false Pennsylvania residency of the unqualified applicant, corrupt interpreters nefariously provided answers to the customers while taking the FMCSA regulated CDL Knowledge Test.
This is a joint investigation with the FBI with assistance from FMCSA and the Pennsylvania State Police.