Former Licensing Official Fined in North Carolina Commercial Drivers License (CDL) Fraud Case
On February 13, 2007, Jimmy D. Halcomb of Broadway, North Carolina, was ordered by a U.S. District Court judge in Greenville, North Carolina, to pay $8,500 in fines and restitution for issuing CDLs to 151 license applicants without proper testing. Halcomb, a former authorized third party CDL examiner for the North Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), was also placed on 2 years of probation as a result of his October 10, 2006 guilty plea to a charge of making false statements. Federal regulations require that commercial drivers be tested on their skills in performing a pre-trip inspection, basic skills and maneuvers, and a road test. Investigation found that Halcomb failed to give all three parts of the CDL examination to the 151 drivers he tested in 2001. In many cases, Halcomb gave no examination at all. The NCDMV removed Halcomb as an examiner and required the 151 license holders to re-take the tests or have their licenses revoked. The investigation was conducted jointly with FMCSA and NCDMV.