Cuban Citizen Pleaded Guilty to Role in Texas CDL Fraud Scheme
On May 10, 2022, Fernando Guardado Vazquez, a Cuban citizen, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas to conspiracy to commit mail and honest services fraud in connection with a scheme to fraudulently issue commercial driver's licenses (CDL). According to the indictment, from January 2017 to about June 2019, Vazquez and two co-conspirators paid a Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) employee to falsely certify that CDL applicants had passed the skills portion of the CDL test. However, those applicants had either failed or had not taken the test. The DPS employee provided Vazquez and a co-conspirator with temporary CDLs for the applicants, and DPS later mailed those individuals permanent CDLs.
DOT-OIG is conducting this investigation with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and DPS Texas Rangers Division.