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21 indicted in New York DMV test-taking scheme

April 3, 2014 3:39:36 AM PDT
Twenty-one people were indicted Wednesday in connection with an alleged test-taking scheme at the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles.

Authorities say the group cheated to get licenses for jobs like driving school buses and transporting of dangerous materials.

The defendants are accused of paying up to $4,000 each to have other people fill out their exams for specialized commercial driving licenses.

"We entrust the holders of specialized licenses to drive our kids to school, transport dangerous materials, and perform other important tasks, all behind the wheels of large motor vehicles," Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance said. "It is critical that these drivers have the necessary skills and knowledge to perform these duties safely. The defendants are accused of fraudulently obtaining specialized licenses, putting at risk the lives of everyone who shares our roadways."

Last fall, 19 other people were indicted, including three security guards who were supposed to monitor exams.

The suspects are charged with multiple counts of offering a false instrument for filing and false statements, alterations or records or substitution in connection with an examination.

They are identified as:

  • ELI ABREU, Queens, NY
  • WILSON BRUNO, Brooklyn, NY
  • ANGEL CAMPUSANO, Brooklyn, NY
  • CONCEPCION CRUZ, Nassau, NY
  • JEAN DESTIN, Queens, NY
  • AMADOU DIALLO, Brooklyn, NY
  • JUAN FLORES, Suffolk, NY
  • JESUS GUERRERO, Brooklyn, NY
  • DENTON HARDING, Queens, NY
  • LUIS HERNANDEZ, Queens, NY
  • HOLGER MARIN, Queens, NY
  • JOSE MARTINEZ, Nassau, NY
  • JUAN MARTINEZ, Suffolk, NY
  • AGIM MUSTAFAJ (KELMENDI), Putnam, NY
  • NAYIB PENA, Westchester, NY
  • JOSE QUIROZ, Suffolk, NY
  • ARIEL RONDON-MORONTA, Queens, NY
  • VICTOR SANMARTIN, Westchester, NY
  • LEROY SIMPSON, Westchester, NY
  • MARIE SIXTO, Nassau, NY
  • ROBERTO TINEO, Queens, NY

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