Truck driving school owner sentenced

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A Missouri truck driving school owner was sentenced to 75 months imprisonment for his involvement in a scheme involving fraudulent commercial drivers’ license testing, the Department of Transportation’s Inspector General’s Office announced.

Mustafa Redzic, owner of Bosna Truck Driving School, was sentenced June 16 in U.S. District Court in Cape Girardeau, Mo., to 75 months imprisonment and 36 months supervised release, according to DOT-OIG; Redzic was found guilty April 2 of bribery, conspiracy, and wire and mail fraud in a jury trial.

DOT-OIG says its investigation revealed that in early 2004, Redzic and Tony Parr, a Missouri state driver’s license examiner, 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.

Parr also falsely completed the test results that stated that each student passed a full, complete three-part Missouri CDL test, and 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, DOT-OIG says.

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, according to DOT-OIG. The Missouri DOR has cancelled or suspended all the CDLs and retested all the CDL holders that were processed through Redzic and Parr.

The ongoing multiagency investigation is being conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Joint Terrorism Task Force, DOT-OIG, the U.S. Marshals Service, the Internal Revenue Service, the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the Postal Inspection Service and the St. Louis City and County Police Departments.