Office of the Inspector General Ellen Biben
CONTACT: Jon Sorensen (518) 474-1010
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 13, 2011
State Inspector General Biben Announces Arrests for Fraudulent Commercial Driver License Permits
Following an investigation by New York State Inspector General Ellen Biben, criminal charges were filed today against a Motor Vehicle supervisor in Rensselaer County who helped her son and a friend cheat on the written exam for a Commercial Driver License permits and falsified records to conceal her conduct.
Biben and Rensselaer County District Attorney Richard J. McNally, Jr. announced charges against Lori A. Mann, 47, of 200 Washington Ave., Rensselaer, who was arraigned this morning on three felony and two misdemeanor counts for illegally assisting her friend, Robert K. Fink, 35, of 1815 Fourth Street; and her son, Daniel P. Mann, 19, also of 200 Washington Ave., Rensselaer.
“The public has a right to expect that when someone obtains a Commercial Driver License, that person has passed the appropriate exams and met the standards required for bus drivers and the operators of other large vehicles, “ said Biben. “We entrust our public servants with power and authority so that they can help protect the public – under these types of circumstances, when a public servant violates this trust, the consequences could be
Lori Mann was charged with three felonies Forgery in the Second Degree; Tampering with Public Records in the First Degree; and Issuing a False Certificate – and four misdemeanors: two counts of Official Misconduct and two counts of making False Statements, Alteration of Records or Substitution in Connection with Any Examination.
Fink was charged with one felony of Offering a False Instrument for Filing in the First Degree and two misdemeanors-Criminal Solicitation in the Fourth Degree and False Statements, Alternation of Records or Substitution in connection with Any Examination. Daniel Mann was charged with one misdemeanor of making False Statements, Alteration of Records or Substitution in Connection with Any Examination.
All three defendants were arraigned before Troy City Court Judge Christopher T. Maier. Defendants were released on their own recognizance and their cases were adjourned to May 10, 2011.
“The investigation by the Inspector General’s office uncovered a scheme in which two Commercial Driver License permits were illegally obtained,” said District Attorney McNally. “Fortunately, those CDL permits have been confiscated and the persons responsible will be held accountable.”
DMV Deputy Commissioner Thomas Higgins stated, “DMV looks forward to working with the Inspector General and partnering with other law enforcement such as DA McNally, to continue our commitment to protect the public safety and keep potentially dangerous drivers off the road.”