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Cuban citizen pleads guilty to role in Texas CDL fraud scheme

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Cuban citizen pleads guilty to role in Texas CDL fraud scheme
A Cuban citizen has pleaded guilty to a fraud scheme falsely certifying commercial driver’s licenses.

TEXAS — A Cuban citizen has pleaded guilty to a fraud scheme falsely certifying commercial driver’s licenses.

Fernando Guardado Vazquez entered the plea on May 10 in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas. In it, he admitted to conspiracy to commit mail and honest services fraud in connection with a scheme to fraudulently issue CDL.

According to the indictment, from January 2017 to about June 2019, Vazquez and two co-conspirators paid a Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) employee to falsely certify that CDL applicants had passed the skills portion of the CDL test.

However, those applicants had either failed or had not taken the test.

The DPS employee provided Vazquez and a co-conspirator with temporary CDLs for the applicants, and DPS later mailed those individuals permanent CDLs.

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