Eleven workers in several New York Department of Motor Vehicles' branches were charged with helping commercial driver license applicants cheat on their tests.
If found guilty, the employees face up to 20 years in prison, AOL reported.
Two whistleblowers helped police make the bust. They wore wires and chatted with DMV security guards and personnel, and allegedly caught workers in the act of helping applicants cheat.
Specifically, the workers are accused of providing test-takers with pencils that had the answers written on them. In exchange, they allegedly took payments from the applicants in the range of $15 to $2,500, AOL reported.
The scheme — outlined in a 38-page court document, AOL reported — also allegedly involved security guards who would turn their backs while the test-takers left the test area to get surrogates to complete the exam.
Commercial driver license holders operate buses, big rigs and heavy equipment. WPIX 11 reported that police have now expanded their investigation to more DMV in the state.
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