October 2, 2018
Mississippi CDL Examiner Sentenced to Prison for Fraudulent CDL Testing Scheme
On October 2, 2018, Derrious Dillon was sentenced in U.S. District Court, Jackson, Mississippi, to 24 months’ imprisonment, 12 months’ supervised release, a $1,500 partial fine, and a special assessment of $100 for his role in a fraudulent commercial driver’s license (CDL) skills testing scheme. Dillon previously pleaded guilty to aggravated identity theft on January 9, 2018.
Dillon worked for a company that provided training and certification to individuals seeking CDLs. When his employment was terminated in 2014, he obtained a list of CDL instructors authorized in the State of Mississippi, along with their identification numbers. He used that information to prepare fraudulent paperwork, which he gave to individuals seeking to obtain CDLs in exchange for $200 to $400. The individuals presented the fraudulent paperwork to the Mississippi Department of Public Safety (MSDPS) to secure CDLs.
A review of the paperwork showed that some applicants could not have achieved the results listed. Some CDL holders admitted that they never took the test.
DOT-OIG conducted this investigation with the MSDPS, Mississippi Bureau of Investigations, and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.