Ex-Missouri driver’s license examiner sentenced in CDL fraud scheme

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A former employee of a Missouri state-authorized driver’s license examination facility was sentenced to one year of imprisonment after pleading guilty in connection with a scheme involving fraudulent commercial driver’s licenses. Troy Parr was sentenced April 24 in U.S. District Court in St. Louis after pleading guilty on Dec. 18, 2007, to bribery charges and conspiracy to commit mail fraud and wire fraud, according to the Department of Transportation’s Inspector General.

Parr managed an authorized third-party testing facility for commercial driver’s licenses and was empowered to administer and evaluate CDL tests on behalf of the State of Missouri. During 2004 and 2005, Parr and Mustafa Redzic, owner of Bosna Truck Driving School, had an agreement that Redzic’s students would receive tests that included only a portion of the state-mandated CDL test requirements from Parr and his colleagues at the testing facility, according to DOT-OIG.

In return, Redzic agreed to make cash payments in excess of $5,000 to Parr, according to DOT-OIG; Redzic also hired Parr as a consultant for his school and promised him a lucrative position there. Through this scheme, Parr facilitated the issuance of nearly 600 CDLs, according to DOT-OIG; Missouri officials told these CDL holders either to surrender their licenses or submit to proper testing.

Redzic was found guilty April 2 in U.S. District Court in Cape Girardeau, Mo. This is an ongoing multiagency investigation with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Joint Terrorism Task Force; U.S. Marshals Service; Internal Revenue Service; Missouri State Highway Patrol; Postal Inspection Service; and the St. Louis City and County Police Departments.