- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 2, 2014

NEW YORK (AP) - An investigation into suspected cheating on New York state tests for licenses to drive such sensitive vehicles as school buses and hazardous-materials trucks has ensnared almost two dozen more people after 19 arrests in September.

The Manhattan district attorney’s office and the state inspector general’s office announced the additional indictments Wednesday. They involve 21 test-takers accused of paying as much as $4,000 to get the answers.

All pleaded not guilty to false-filing charges.

Authorities say test-takers would leave the exam site with blank test forms. Someone else then filled in correct answers to questions on subjects such as brake safety and loading hazardous materials. The test-takers handed in the forms and sometimes got interim licenses immediately.

At least eight people who were arrested in September have since pleaded guilty.

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