CDL Examiner Charged With Fraudulent Testing
A commercial driver’s license test examiner at Luzerne County Community College has been charged with issuing more than 100 licenses without proper testing, according to Pennsylvania State Police.
Michael Anthony Jordan, 51, of Larksville, is facing dozens of charges including risking catastrophe as the result of a year-and-a-half investigation.
According to troopers, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation contacted police in October 2017 to request an investigation of Jordan, who was a third-party commercial driver’s license test examiner.
Police interviewed numerous CDL applicants whom Jordan tested at the community college in 2016 and 2017.
Troopers say the investigation revealed Jordan falsified PennDOT examination reports and failed to properly test individuals, resulting in CDL licenses being issued to dozens of drivers without the proper safety tests being conducted.
Jordan also was accepting cash payments from the applicants, resulting in a loss of revenue for the college — whose personnel had no knowledge of the fraudulent testing, police said.
As the result of the fraud, 142 commercial vehicle operators were licensed to drive on public highways without the proper qualifications, troopers said.
The affected drivers have already been re-tested at different locations to assess their abilities and certify them as qualified CDL operators, troopers said. Sixty-seven failed the re-test.
Jordan is charged with 25 counts each of violations concerning licenses, risking a catastrophe and tampering with public records. Jordan is also charged with one count of theft.