A Brooklyn court ordered that a man spend two years in prison for his role in a widespread CDL test fraud scheme, citing a threat to public safety as a justification for the harsh sentence. He was also sentenced to three years of supervised release.
Jose Payano pled guilty on May 22 to mail fraud after an investigation found that he had facilitated the exchange of testing materials between CDL applicants and external test takers. As part of the fraud scheme, CDL applicants paid up to $2500 for test answers and help with DMV processes.
Investigators also discovered that Bluetooth headsets and pencils with miniature test answers were used as part of the scheme.
In all, 11 people were arrested in association in September 2013 in connection with the fraud scheme.
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