Nineteen people, mainly from New York City, have been arrested in what authorities say was an elaborate scheme to cheat on commercial driver’s license exams.
State and federal officials announced today that some applicants for the truck licenses were given answers to written tests, and 11 people arrested were organizing the cheating.
“Truck drivers – many of whom are charged with transporting hazardous chemicals – are trained to drive several tons of cargo often through busy streets and highways. Bus drivers take our children to school every day. These are among the serious responsibilities of anyone who acquires a commercial driver’s license,” said Inspector General Catherine Leahy Scott.
The Inspector General’s office said several people were being paid between $1,400 to $4,000 by CDL applicants looking for the answers to the questions on the exams. The plot included bribing three security officers at DMV offices in lower Manhattan and Harlem to assist them, Scott said.
It was a pretty elaborate scheme, prosecutors said. CDL test-taking applicants would leave the testing room with a blank test, then hand it to a “runner.” The runner would give it to someone who knew the answers, and then return the completed exam to the test taker.
These people were charged with Attempt and Conspiracy to Commit Mail Fraud, prosecutors said.
- Beayeah Kamara, Staten Island, NY – security guard
- Latoya Bourne, Brooklyn, NY – security guard
- Marie Daniel, Queens, NY
- Lucien Desmangles, Jr., Brooklyn, NY
- Dale Harper, Bronx, NY
- Jose Payano, Brooklyn, NY
- Joachim Pierre-Louis, Brooklyn, NY
- Tanael Daniel, Brooklyn, NY
- Akmal Narzikulov, Brooklyn, NY
- Firdavs Mamadaliev, Brooklyn, NY
- Inocente Rene Gonzalez Martinez, Bronx, NY – security guard
These people were charged with Offering a False Instrument for Filing in the First Degree (Penal Law Section 175.35), and False Statements, Alteration of Records or Substitution in Connection with Examination (Vehicle and Traffic Law Section 392) for allegedly cheating on their CDL exams:
- Juan Alvarado, Bronx, NY
- Jackson Gilles, Westbury, NY
- Barris Archer, Queens, NY
- Michael Cayo, Valley Stream, NY
- Luis Tifa, Bronx, NY
- Francisco Perez, Queens, NY
- Islombek Ziyoev, Queens, NY
- Nicholas Garcia, Bronx, NY