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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Western District of Louisiana

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, September 9, 2016

Commercial driver’s license skills examiner sentenced for falsifying test results

SHREVEPORT, La. – United States Attorney Stephanie A. Finley announced that a Louisiana third party commercial driver’s license skills examiner was sentenced Thursday to one year supervised probation and fined $2,400 for falsifying test results by indicating a passing grade for driving skills tests that never took place.

Christopher D. Pender, 41, of Stonewall, La., was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Elizabeth E. Foote on one count of making and using a false writing and document. According to the May 4, 2016 guilty plea, Pender, who was certified to administer commercial driver’s license skills tests, provided an applicant with a “Commercial Driver’s Skills Test Certificate” in November of 2014 when the applicant had not even taken, much less passed, the federally required test. He did this in exchange for cash, which allowed the applicant to fraudulently obtain a Louisiana commercial driver’s license.

The U.S. Department of Transportation Office of Inspector General and the Louisiana State Police conducted the investigation.  Assistant U.S. Attorneys William J. Flanagan and Michael O’Mara prosecuted the case.

Updated September 9, 2016