Texas DPS Fraudulently Issued 215 CDLs To Mostly Immigrants, FBI Says
San Antonio, Texas – Federal Bureau Investigations (FBI) agents have reportedly uncovered a commercial driver’s license (CDL) bribery scheme in Texas that authorities believe resulted in more than 200 people, mostly of foreign descent, receiving their CDLs without taking a skills test.
A new bombshell report by mysanantonio.com details the alleged scheme.
According to authorities, a Texas Department of Public Safety’s (DPS) employee received “tens of thousands of dollars” in bribes by those seeking to obtain a CDL without completing the required skills test.
FBI officials say they were alerted to the alleged scheme after a DPS audit in December 2018 found that the employee in question “had an unusual number of CDLs being issued.”
Following the audit, an investigation by DPS and the Texas Rangers identified 215 CDLs had been fraudulently issued between January 2017 and June of this year.
FBI special agent Monroe Giese testified Monday at court hearings for two people who allegedly bribed the DPS employee and are charged with conspiracy to commit mail fraud.
According to mysanantonio.com’s reporting, Giese gave further details in his testimony about who received the 215 CDLs in question.
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Giese said the FBI discovered evidence that shows 197 went to Cuban nationals, 11 to U.S. citizens, one to a Dominican Republic national, one to an Ethiopian, one to an Iraqi, one to a Puerto Rican, one to a Ukraine national and two to Mexican nationals.
The identity of the Texas DPS employee at the center of the scandal has not yet been made public and he has not yet been charged.
However, Giese reportedly testified, “That employee was interviewed and he admitted to accepting bribes to falsely certify that people had passed their skills assessment test, when in fact they had not passed it or hadn’t even shown up for the test.”
According to Giese the employee has been suspended by DPS and is cooperating with investigators.
Numerous people, including Cuban-born immigrants Marino Maury Diaz-Leon, 52, of San Antonio and Fernando Guardado Vazquez, 40, of Austin, have already been charged in the scandal.
If convicted, Diaz-Leon and Vazquez face up to 20 years in federal prison without parole as well as deportation.
More people are expected to face charges in the coming days, according to Giese.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Joe Blackwell asked Giese if there are “other potential defendants in the case” and Giese responded “yes.”
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