Ex-license official fined in North Carolina CDL fraud case

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A former third-party commercial driver’s license examiner for the North Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles recently was ordered to pay $8,500 in fines and restitution for issuing CDLs to 151 applicants without proper testing, according to the Department of Transportation Office of the Inspector General.

Jimmy D. Halcomb of Broadway, N.C. — who was sentenced Feb. 13 in U.S. District Court in Greenville, N.C. — also was placed on two years of probation as a result of his guilty plea Oct. 10, 2006, to a charge of making false statements, DOT-OIG said.

Federal regulations require that commercial drivers be tested on their skills in performing a pre-trip inspection, basic skills and maneuvers, and a road test. Investigation found that Halcomb failed to give all three parts of the CDL examination to the 151 drivers he tested in 2001, according to DOT-OIG; in many cases, Halcomb gave no examination at all.

The North Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles removed Halcomb as an examiner and required the 151 license holders to re-take the tests or have their licenses revoked. The DOT-OIG investigation was conducted jointly with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and NCDMV.