Truck driving school owner found guilty in CDL testing fraud scheme

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The owner of a Missouri truck driving school recently was found guilty in a scheme involving fradulent commercial driver’s license tests, the Department of Transportation Inspector General’s Office announced. Mustafa Redzic, owner of Bosna Truck Driving School, was found guilty April 2 in U.S. District Court in Cape Girardeau, Mo., of bribery, conspiracy, and wire and mail fraud.

On June 21, 2007, Redzic and Tony Parr — the former training director for the Commercial Drivers Training Academy (CDTA) and State of Missouri driver’s license examiner — were indicted. DOT-OIG said its investigation revealed that in early 2004, Redzic and Parr devised a scheme whereby Redzic would send customers to Parr’s testing facility in Sikeston, Mo., to receive 30-minute short tests instead of the average two-hour tests necessary to obtain their CDLs.

In one instance, according to DOT-OIG, Redzic persuaded Parr to pass two of Redzic’s students who had not shown up for a test. In addition to the required fees, Redzic paid Parr more than $5,000 and promised him a higher-paying job for favorable treatment, DOT-OIG said. Parr also falsely completed the test results that stated that each student passed a full, complete three-part Missouri CDL test and then mailed the results to the State of Missouri’s Department of Revenue, which issues driver’s licenses and CDLs and employs officials and contracts with third parties to administer driver’s tests, according to DOT-OIG.

Between Jan. 1, 2004, and April 21, 2005, Redzic — through his company — earned about $1.8 million in tuition from more than 600 clients he sent through Parr’s testing facility, DOT-OIG said. DOR has cancelled or suspended all the CDLs and retested all the CDL holders that were processed through Redzic and Parr.

Redzic will be sentenced on June 16. Parr pled guilty to the charges and is scheduled for sentencing on April 24. This is an ongoing multiagency investigation with DOT-OIG; the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Joint Terrorism Task Force; U.S. Marshals Service; Internal Revenue Service; Missouri State Highway Patrol; Postal Inspection Service; and St. Louis City and County Police Departments.