January 9, 2018
Mississippi Third-Party CDL Examiner Convicted for His Role in a Fraudulent CDL Skills Testing Scheme
On January 9, 2018, Derrious Dillon pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court, Jackson, Mississippi, for his role in a fraudulent commercial driver’s license (CDL) skills testing scheme. Specifically, Dillon pleaded guilty to aggravated identity theft.
Dillon worked for a company that provided training and certification to individuals seeking CDLs. When his employment was terminated in 2014, he continued providing paperwork to people who wanted CDLs. Dillon obtained a list of CDL instructors authorized in the State of Mississippi and their identification numbers and used that information to prepare fraudulent paperwork, which he gave to individuals seeking to obtain a CDL in exchange for payment. The individuals then presented the fraudulent paperwork to the Mississippi Department of Public Safety (DPS) to secure CDLs. Dillon received $200 to $400 for each set of fraudulent paperwork. A review of the paperwork in Mississippi showed that some of the applicants could not have achieved the results listed. Some CDL holders admitted in interviews that they had never taken the test.
DOT-OIG conducted this investigation with the Mississippi DPS, Mississippi Bureau of Investigations, and the FMCSA Mississippi Division.