McComb Man Sentenced for Committing Commercial Driver’s License Fraud
Jackson, Miss. – Derrious Emadrick Dillon, 37, of McComb, was sentenced yesterday by U.S. District Judge David Bramlette III to two years in prison followed by one year of supervised release for aggravated identity theft, announced U.S. Attorney Mike Hurst and Special Agent in Charge Todd Damiani, with the U.S. Department of Transportation, Office of Inspector General. Dillon was also ordered to pay a $1500 fine.
Dillon previously worked for a company that provided training and certification to individuals seeking commercial driver’s licenses ("CDLs"). When his employment was terminated in 2014, he continued providing paperwork to those whom wanted a CDL. Dillon obtained a list of authorized CDL instructors and their identification numbers in the State of Mississippi. He used names and identification numbers of those authorized CDL instructors to prepare fraudulent paperwork for individuals seeking CDLs. This fraudulent paperwork would be given to an individual seeking to obtain a CDL in exchange for payment to Dillon. The fraudulent paperwork would be presented by these individuals to the Mississippi Department of Public Safety in order to secure a commercial driver’s license.
Dillon received $200-$400 for each set of fraudulent paperwork. A review of the commercial drivers’ paperwork in Mississippi showed that some of the applicants could not have achieved the results on the paperwork. Some Commercial Driver’s License holders were interviewed and said they had never taken the test and just paid Dillon for the paperwork. Dillon pled guilty on January 9, 2018.
"The sentencing in this investigation underscores the U.S. Department of Transportation Office of Inspector General's (DOT-OIG) commitment to ensuring the integrity of the Department's commercial driver’s license (CDL) program," stated Todd Damiani, Regional Special Agent-In-Charge at DOT-OIG. "We remain steadfast in our efforts to prevent and detect CDL fraud schemes which endanger the traveling public in the State of Mississippi and throughout the country."
The case was investigated by the United States Department of Transportation-Office of Inspector General, the Mississippi Department of Public Safety, the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Erin Chalk.