Mississippi CDL tester sentenced for fraud scheme
October 15, 2019
Just six months after her indictment on fraud charges, a former Mississippi Highway Patrol CDL tester has been sentenced for her role in a CDL fraud scheme, according to court documents.
On Oct. 3, Tonya Levera Davis was sentenced to two years imprisonment and one year of supervised release for false identification and false statements.
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 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.
Court documents do not show that Davis conspired with anyone else.
According to the indictment filed in a Mississippi federal court, Davis was charged on six counts for identity theft, false statements and false entries. The six counts were for two false CDL test scores, three counts for each CDL applicant. The four counts dropped include using another person’s identification, false statements and false entry.
A trial was set for June 17. However, Davis pleaded guilty to two of six charges in a Mississippi federal court on June 14. Those charges were knowingly using another person’s identification and one charge of false statements, according to court records.
Davis faced up to two years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000 for the false identification charge. For the false statement charge, Davis could have received five years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000.
Although Davis received the maximum prison sentence for the false identification charge, she only received one day for false statements. No fines were levied.