Bulgarian Immigrants Charged In Alleged Scheme to Fraudulently Obtain CDLs
Collier County, FL – Three Bulgarian immigrants were arrested this week after it was discovered they were involved in a scheme to fraudulently obtain commercial driver’s licenses (CDLs) in the state of Florida.
According to the Collier County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO), Plamen Dimitrov Nenkov, 55, and Katya Ivanova Nenkova, 51, both of Arizona, and Biser Emilov Popov, 52, of North Miami, were all arrested on Monday on felony charges after they obtained Florida driver’s licenses with fraudulent proof of residency documents.
After receiving their respective Florida driver’s licenses from the Department of Motor Vehicles located at 2335 Orange Blossom Drive, all three “immediately” took the written portion of the Class-A CDL exam, WINK News reported.
Officials in Collier County stated that people come to Florida to obtain a CDL, since it is “less difficult and less expensive” than other states.
However, in order to obtain a CDL in Florida, the applicant must be a resident of the Sunshine State.
Nenkov and Nenkova reportedly told officials they are married and immigrated to Arizona from Bulgaria “a few years ago.”
Multiple outlets stated the couple arrived in Florida on Sunday evening, before obtaining their Florida driver’s licenses and taking their CDL tests the next day.
During the course of the investigation of Nenkov and Nenkova, CCSO detectives were alerted to similarities to another individual — Popov, who was also born in Bulgaria.
However, it was ultimately determined Popov was not connected to the Arizona couple.
Additionally, authorities did not reveal when Popov arrived to the United States or Florida.
All three were arrested and taken to the Collier County Jail and charged with using false information to obtain a driver’s license and perjury.
Popov has since been released on bond.
According to a report by NBC 2, investigators said DMV offices in Collier County have reported an “unusually high number of out-of-state foreign-born people trying to get a Florida license.”
Approximately 50 additional driver’s license fraud cases are currently pending in the area.