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Authorities Bust Russian CDL Scammers

July 7, 2015

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Three Florida residents have been charged with conspiracy to aid and abet the unlawful production of commercial driver licenses.

Ellariy Medvednik, Natalia Dontsova, Adrian Salari, and Clarence Davis were affiliated Larex, Inc., a commercial truck driving school that marketed itself to Russian-speakers online. For $2,000 out of state individuals would contact Medvednik to arrange for Larex’s services.

They would then travel to Florida to obtain the CDL despite that fact that to obtain a Florida CDL a driver must first have a Florida driver’s license. Medvednik, Dontsova and Salari are charged with conspiring to provide false documentation that the individual’s resided with them so they could obtain Florida driver’s license.

After falsifying each individual’s residency, Larex then assisted them further by using covert communication equipment to provide students with answers to the written portion of the CDL Exam. For the vehicle inspection tests, basic control skills tests and road tests, Larex hired Davis, a third-party tester authorized by the State of Florida, to administer the tests, passing drivers who would have otherwise failed.

Davis received about $75 per student above his posted rate from Medvednik and at least 600 individuals were identified as having used Larex and Davis as a tester.

If convicted on all accounts, each defendant faces a maximum sentence of 30 years in prison.  The case is being investigated by the Department of Transportation’s Office of the Inspector General, The FBI, Homeland Security and the Florida Highway Patrol.

Comments

  1. 1. BarbRRB [ July 08, 2015 @ 05:17AM ]

    When will the Government understand. No matter what LAWS you make, criminals will ALWAYS find a way to get what they want. Focus on the laws that are already in place. With people that do obey the laws, we really disgusted in how many hoops we need to jump through.

  2. 2. SafetyMan [ July 08, 2015 @ 07:20AM ]

    Did they revoke all of the ill gained CDL's?

  3. 3. BoBob [ July 09, 2015 @ 05:07PM ]

    SafetyMan - no they haven't all of those 600 or so drivers are now on the road causing accidents and learning how to drive.

  4. 4. williebill [ July 10, 2015 @ 07:49AM ]

    These drivers that got their CDL's illegally may not be very good at reading or understanding the English language, it's a dangerous situation for motorists, and their CDL's need to be revoked immediately. What's really bad about this is they probably found job's with friends or family that are running trucking businesses here in the US. This is not new it's been happening for years. I worked as a trainer for a company in the 90's, and was expected to train people from Russia that could not understand English. I learned later from a trainee from Bosnia, they all bought their CDL licenses for $5k dollars from a Russian contact that worked for the BMV in Chicago. These Russian guy's really were not bad people, but they are finding a way around the language barrier for a skill, a CDL, and a better life here in the USA.

 

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