California Trucking School Owner Gets 14 Months in Jail for 4-Year CDL Bribery Scheme
Fresno, CA – The owner of a California truck driving school has been sentenced for his role in a commercial driver’s license (CDL) fraud scheme that lasted more than four years.
According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of California, Paramjit Singh Mangat, 56, of Bakersfield, was sentenced to 14 months is prison and fined $10,000 last week for his role in a CDL bribery scheme.
The scheme lasted from approximately June 2012 through August 24, 2016, court documents reveal.
Mangat, owner of Akal Truck Driving School and Akal Driving School, conspired with Javier Jesus Hernandez-Herrera, 56, then a Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) employee in Bakersfield.
In return for monetary payment, Herrera agreed to access Mangat’s students’ DMV records and alter the records to reflect that they had passed DMV written and/or behind-the-wheel examinations, when, in fact, they had not passed one or more required DMV tests.
Court documents indicate Herrera’s alteration of the records resulted in the DMV issuing a California driver’s license and mailing it to multiple individuals.
Herrera pleaded guilty on November 12, 2019, and is scheduled to be sentenced on August 14, 2020.
Herrera faces a maximum statutory penalty of 15 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
The court also finalized an order for forfeiture of $100,000 that had been seized as proceeds from the fraud scheme.
Authorities have not indicated how many fraudulent CDLs were obtained during the scheme or if they intend to invalidate the unlawful CDLs.
In a related story, the former owner of an Alabama trucking school recently avoided jail time even after admitting he paid bribes to a Georgia CDL examiner in exchange for passing his students.
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