Mississippi CDL tester pleads guilty to fraud charges
June 18, 2019
A former Mississippi Highway Patrol CDL tester has pleaded guilty to charges related to her role in a CDL fraud scheme, according to court documents.
On June 14, Tonya Levera Davis pleaded guilty to two of six charges, including one charge of knowingly using another person’s identification and one charge of false statements, according to court records.
In April, the U.S. government filed an indictment in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi against Davis. She was arrested two weeks later.
From September 2017 to January 2018, Davis knowingly and unlawfully used another person’s name and testing identification, according to the indictment. In her role as a CDL tester, Davis falsely stated and represented that at least two CDL applicants had passed a driver’s skill test when in fact they did not take the test.
According to the indictment, Davis was charged on six counts for identity theft, false statements and false entries. It appears that the six counts were for two false CDL test scores, three counts for each CDL applicant. The four counts dropped as part of the agreement include one charge of using another person’s identification, one charge of false statements and two charges of false entry.
Davis could face up to two years in prison, three years of supervised release and a fine of up to $250,000 for the false identification charge. For the false statement charge, Davis could face up to five years in prison, three years of supervised release and a fine of up to $250,000.
A sentence hearing is scheduled for Sept. 13.