February 15, 2019
Mississippi CDL Examiner Sentenced to Prison for Fraudulent CDL Skills Testing Scheme
On February 15, 2019, Robert Davis, a third-party commercial driver’s license (CDL) examiner, was sentenced in U.S. District Court, Jackson, Mississippi, to 15 months’ incarceration, 3 years’ supervised release, $13,500 in restitution, $1,500 in fines, and a $100 special assessment fee for his role in an illegal CDL-skills testing scheme. On October 26, 2018, Davis pleaded guilty to destroying, altering, and falsifying records during a Federal investigation into whether he accepted cash payments from multiple applicants rather than administer the federally mandated CDL-skills test.
The investigation revealed that Davis provided 41 CDL applicants with test score sheets falsely certifying that they had successfully completed the tests. The Mississippi Department of Public Safety (MS DPS) revoked the CDLs of the individuals who purchased the fraudulent test results.
FMCSA provides funding to help States administer CDL programs, which develop proper testing procedures and oversee trucking schools and CDL applicants. Operators of trucking schools and individual applicants are required to pass an extensive written test and a multipart road skills test, including an in-depth driving test, to obtain CDLs and specialized endorsements.
DOT-OIG conducted this investigation with MS DPS, Mississippi Bureau of Investigations, and FMCSA.