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Pennsylvania CDL Training School Owner Indicted in Bribery Scheme

On June 28, 2022, a grand jury in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania indicted Vladimir Tsymbalenko for Federal program bribery. The indictment alleges that between 2015 and September 2018, Tsymbalenko, the owner of a Philadelphia-based commercial driver’s license (CDL) training school, paid cash bribes totaling more than $10,000 to a former third-party CDL examiner. Tsymbalenko paid these cash bribes to influence or reward the third-party CDL examiner for issuing passing scores on the CDL skills examination to Tsymbalenko's clients, including clients who failed, only partially tested, or did not test at all. In return for the cash bribes, the third-party CDL examiner entered fraudulent CDL examination information into the Commercial Skills Testing Information Management System database, which led to the issuance of fraudulent CDLs for Tsymbalenko's clients.
 
DOT-OIG is conducting this investigation with the FBI with assistance from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Pennsylvania State Police, and Pennsylvania DOT.
 
Note: Indictments, informations, and criminal complaints are only accusations by the Government. All defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.