February 13, 2020
Former Texas Department of Public Safety Employee Pleads Guilty To Participating in CDL Fraud Scheme
On February 13, 2020, in the U.S. District Court of Western District of Texas, Alonzo Blackman pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit mail and honest services fraud connected to a scheme to issue fraudulent CDLs. He was formerly employed by the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS).
In July 2019, an indictment filed against Blackman and two co-conspirators alleged that from January 2017 to about June 2019, he accepted money in exchange for falsely certifying that license applicants passed the skills portion of the CDL test. In fact, those applicants either failed or did not take the test. Blackman gave his co-conspirators temporary licenses for the applicants, and DPS later mailed them permanent CDLs.
DOT-OIG is conducting this investigation with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and DPS Texas Rangers Division.