Mississippi Woman Sentenced to Prison for Selling Fraudulent CDLs
Jackson, MS – A former Mississippi Department of Public Safety (MsDPS) employee who admitted to selling fraudulent commercial driver’s licenses (CDLs) was sentenced in U.S. District Court on Thursday.
Tonya Levera Davis, 49, of Newton, MS was sentenced on October 3 to serve two years in federal prison, followed by one year of supervised release, for aggravated identity theft and making false statements.
In June of this year, she pleaded guilty to the charges before U.S. District Judge Carlton W. Reeves of the Southern District of Mississippi.
She faced up to five years in prison and up to a $250,000 fine.
Davis was employed by the MsDPS, Newton Department of Motor Vehicles, as a driver’s license examiner.
According to court records, her employment included the administration of driver’s license applications, both written and computer tests, as well as the administration of CDL testing.
Davis was an authorized tester of the written skills portion of the CDL test, but not for the road skills portion.
From June 2016 through May 2018, Davis authorized CDLs to applicants that had not passed the written or road skills portions of the test.
Further, she admitted to selling CDLs to over 88 unqualified applicants by providing answers to the written test.
She would further pass the unqualified applicants and use state issued identification numbers of other third party testers to pass unqualified applicants and issue fraudulent CDLs.
“The sentencing today of Tonya Levera Davis for aggravated identity theft and making false statements sends a strong message that such illegal actions will not be tolerated, particularly when these actions put the safety of the traveling public at significant risk,” said Todd A. Damiani, DOT-OIG Regional Special Agent-in-Charge.
Damiani continued, “Only qualified individuals should be able to obtain CDLs and we will continue working tirelessly with our Federal, State and local law enforcement and prosecutorial partners to keep unqualified applicants for CDLs off of the nation’s roads.”
Davis’s sentencing marks the latest in a seemingly increasing trend of similar behavior across the country, including in states such as Texas, California, North Carolina, Alabama, Pennsylvania and Nevada.