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Former Idaho CDL skills tester pleads guilty to accepting bribes in exchange for passing scores


A former worker with the Idaho Transportation Department (ITD) is facing up to 20 years in prison after pleading guilty to charges related to a CDL testing bribery scheme.

Kelly Nathaniel Goodman, 71, pleaded guilty to a count of honest services wire fraud as part of a plea agreement, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Idaho.

Goodman specifically pleaded guilty to accepting a bribe in exchange for a passing CDL skills test score on August 31, 2021.

Goodman was an Idaho CDL skills test examiner from the 1990s until late 2021.

According to authorities, without the knowledge of ITD, Goodman accepted bribes in exchange for passing scores on Idaho CDL skills tests, and between December 2017 and May 2020, Goodman reportedly received at least $38,000 in bribes as part of the CDL skills test scheme.

Goodman is scheduled for sentencing on June 22, 2023 and could face a maximum penalty of 20 years in federal prison and a $250,000 fine.

As part of the plea agreement, Goodman agreed to pay restitution to the Idaho Transportation Department and the U.S. Department of Transportation, and to pay a forfeiture money judgment of at least $38,000.


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