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Guilty Plea in Louisiana Commercial Drivers License (CDL) Fraud Case

On April 20, Terry West, a former certified third-party CDL tester for the Louisiana Department of Public Safety, pled guilty in U.S. District Court in New Orleans, LA to making false statements related to passing scores he issued on various examinations required of CDL applicants. The investigation disclosed that West accepted bribes ranging from $70 to $,2000 each from 12 CDL applicants in exchange for issuing passing test scores. (All the drivers subsequently failed CDL retesting by other certified examiners, and their licenses were revoked.) Sentencing for West is scheduled for July 27, 2005. The case was investigated jointly with the FBI.