Mississippi CDL examiner sentenced for falsified test scores scheme
June 25, 2018
A CDL examiner, who pleaded guilty earlier this year to falsifying skills test score sheets, has been sentenced, according to federal court documents.
Andre Cooper was sentenced to three years of probation and ordered to pay a $1,500 fine on Thursday, June 21, in the U.S. District Court of the Southern District of Mississippi for issuing false CDL skills test scores.
According to the federal indictment, Cooper issued a false CDL skills test score sheet to an applicant on April 29, 2016. The score sheet indicated the applicant had successfully passed a driver’s skill test. However, the test was never administered.
His employment with the third-party testing company only authorized certification to those that were students of the company. However, Cooper provided paperwork to those who wanted a CDL that were not students of his employer, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office. He prepared paperwork representing that the applicant had taken the road skills test, when in fact they had not.
Cooper issued false test score sheets to multiple CDL skills test applicants in exchange for cash, according to a U.S. Department of Transportation news release. In total, Cooper provided falsified test scores to approximately 75 individuals, charging each person $200 to $300 per test. Cooper ran the scheme for about three years.
CDLs issued to applicants who paid for the scheme have been revoked by the Mississippi Department of Public Safety.
Cooper pleaded guilty to a charge of making false statements on April 11. He faced up to five years in prison, three years of supervised release and fines up to $250,000.