February 1, 2017
Two Detroit DOT Employees Charged with Forgery and Bribery in CDL Fraud Scheme
On February 1, 2017, the State of Michigan Attorney General’s Office filed felony charges in Michigan State Court, Detroit, against Calvin Foulks and Michelle Reed. Foulks, of Southfield, Michigan, is a current employee of the City of Detroit Department of Transportation (DDOT), and Michelle Reed, of Novi, Michigan, is a retired DDOT employee. Both are charged with allegedly taking more than $4,000 in cash bribes for falsifying multiple Michigan Department of State documents related to a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) fraud scheme.
Allegedly, Foulks and Reed forged documents that stated applicants had taken and passed the CDL skills test, when, in fact, they had not. The Michigan Secretary of State, as a result of this investigation and the State’s strong antifraud initiative, invalidated 85 CDL tests. Affected drivers were required to retest before their CDL driving privileges could be restored.
DOT-OIG conducted this investigation with assistance from the Detroit Area Public Corruption Task Force, which includes the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Detroit Police Department-Internal Affairs, and an agent from the State of Michigan Attorney General’s Office.
Note: Indictments, informations, and criminal complaints are only accusations by the Government. All defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.