ALBANY, N.Y. (CBSNewYork/AP) — New York state, city and federal prosecutors have arrested 19 people accused of scheming to cheat on tests for licenses to drive school buses and operate trucks hauling hazardous materials.
State Inspector General Catherine Leahy Scott, U.S. Attorney Loretta Lynch and Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance, Jr. said Thursday that people paid anywhere from $1,400 to $4,000 to get answers to tests for commercial driver’s licenses in New York City.
In some cases, applicants would leave the testing site with the help of security guards and hand blank tests to one of the organizers of the scam or a “runner” who would take the form to someone who could fill in the correct answers, officials said. In some cases, test takers immediately received interim licenses.
In other instances, prosecutors said the applicants would be given pencils coded with a series of dots and dashes that symbolized the answers to a true or false audio test.