On November 29, 2022, the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas sentenced Fernando Guardado Vazquez, a Cuban citizen, in connection with a scheme to fraudulently issue commercial driver's licenses (CDL). Vazquez was sentenced to 11 months of incarceration, 36 months of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment. In May 2022, Vazquez pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit mail and honest services fraud. 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.
DOT-OIG conducted this investigation with the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Texas DPS-Texas Rangers Division.