A state probe found dozens of people cheated on written Department of Motor Vehicle tests to gain commercial driver’s licenses — a scheme aided by security guards hired by the DMV.
“Our investigation uncovered numerous people who paid others thousands of dollars for answers to a test they could not answer without cheating, a scheme which undermined the system designed to ensure the security of our roads and communities,” said Catherine Leahy Scott, the state inspector general.
Partnering with the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office and federal agencies, the inspector general shut down the scheme. Scott said she is taking steps to make sure the cheaters are removed from the road.
Nineteen people were arrested and charged with crimes associated with the scheme, in which commercial driver’s license test answers were provided for sums of $1,400 to $4,000.
Eight people were charged with cheating on exams; 11 were charged with their role in the scheme. The fraud charges carry up to 20 years in prison.
Tests involved core and specialized skills for hazardous material transport, school bus driving, or the operation of tandem trailer trucks and tow trucks, the inspector general said. Schemers allegedly bribed three security officers at DMV offices in lower Manhattan and Harlem ………..