Defendant Marie Daniel of New York pleaded guilty on January 12, 2015. Prior to her indictment by a New York Grand Jury in October 2013, Daniel had been an external test-taker for Commercial Driver’s License applicants. She, and others in New York State, aided CDL applicants by providing them with test answers. The defendants’ discrete methods allowed them to help hundreds of applicants pass the Commercial Driver’s License.
Applicants paid a fee between $1,800-$2,500 to receive pencils with miniaturized encoded answers, a Bluetooth headset to relay answers, and external test-takers, like Daniel, poised to take the CDL exam. Trucking Info reports that investigations by U.S. Transportation Department’s Office of Inspector General, federal enforcement agencies, and state law enforcement agencies exposed the test-taking scheme that penetrated “five New York State Department of Motor Vehicles test centers in the New York City area.”
Also indicted in a similar scheme were Ying Wai Phillip Ng and Pui Kuen Ng, owners and operators of N&Y Professional Service line, a Brooklyn-based commercial driving school. The Ngs plead guilty to obtaining and supplying fraudulent identification documents and to charges of mail fraud. They provided over 700 IDS to those who did not have the necessary credentials to obtain a license. The customers would wear a jacket with a hidden camera, face it toward the computer monitor while taking the exam, and wait for their pager to vibrate twice for “A,” four times for “B,” or six times for “C.” Driver Ken Yiu Cheung of Sky Express, one of the Ngs’ customers, is now being charged with manslaughter.
Cheung allegedly fell asleep at the wheel in June 2011 while driving a truck on I-95 in Virginia. The accident left four people dead. “The couple made a living by getting commercial driver’s licenses for people ‘who did not possess the skills necessary to acquire such credentials, and as a result, have greatly endangered the general public,’” said James T. Hayes Jr., head of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement in New York. Indeed, the CDL scams have endangered many lives and must be handled in an expedient and infallible manner.
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