According to Johnson, the Detroit-based school was encouraging students to apply for commercial driver’s licenses with fake documents. Additionally, the company’s owners, Sukhjit Sandhu and Rajinder Sandhu, provided out-of-state students with fake lease agreements that listed the addresses of random houses and buildings owned by random people unconnected to the students.
“Michigan driver’s license or ID card applicants must present at least two residency documents, such as lease agreements and utility bills, to prove they live in the state, as well as other pieces of identification, such as a Social Security card, government-issued photo ID and birth certificate,” Click on Detroit reported.
The students then used the fake documents to prove Michigan residency when they applied for their CDLs.
“Providing false information when obtaining a driver’s license or state ID card is a significant violation and we will hold those responsible to account,” Johnson said. “Driver’s licenses and state-issued ID cards have many critical uses, such as buying age-limited items, opening bank accounts and accessing government services.”
In addition to the school having its license revoked, Great Truckers Driving School was fined $34,000, and Rajinder Sandhu had his instructor’s license revoked and was fined $13,000.
Eighty-five CDLs or CDL temporary instruction permits that were obtained with fake documents from the school have been cancelled.
“I thank our diligent branch office staff for discovering this fraudulent activity and reporting it,” Johnson said. “Because of them, we were able to investigate this matter, take appropriate action and refer the matter to law enforcement authorities.”
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