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Russian truckers with falsely obtained licenses are loose in Florida

The federal government regulates the process of attaining commercial driver's licenses (CDLs) to ensure accountability and safety. After all, if drivers without proper training obtain CDLs, it is possible that these drivers will cause serious trucking accidents. Such drivers hit the road with the proper license, but without the necessary knowledge and skill to operate large vehicles safely.

Recently, one Florida individual out of four involved in a CDL testing scheme pled guilty, according to documents from the federal court. This CDL testing scheme allowed at least 600 students to obtain licenses illegally and without proper testing.

How The Scheme Worked

Together, four people devised this scheme to charge unqualified applicants a few thousand dollars in order to obtain a CDL. The group of four helped the applicants cheat on tests, falsely represent their residency and get cleared by an individual within the system.

One of the individuals ran a truck-driving school called Larex Inc. and a website called RussianTruckingSchool.com. Both the website and the school targeted individuals who speak Russian. The man would have applicants contact him via the website and charge them $1,800 to $5,000 for the services of Larex. Then, the Russian-speaking applicants would receive fake documents to falsely prove their residence in Florida.

According to the indictment, the individuals involved in the scheme would provide students with answers for the written test with "covert means of communication." The court documents did not describe the nature of the "covert means of communication." However, the court documents did specify the surveillance equipment used.

The defendants would have the applicants go a co-defendant and a third-party tester for verbal testing. The applicants passed despite not being able to speak English and despite committing acts that should automatically fail them.

Are You At Risk?

Federal rules for commercial licensing are vital to ensure the safety of all drivers on the road. If you believe that you have gotten into an accident with a driver who obtained a CDL illegally, don't hesitate to reach out to an attorney to figure out what your next step should be. It's possible that you may have a claim for a significant amount of compensation.

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