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Court reinstates driverís license charges [just some Bosnians looking for commercial licenses] ^ | 4-24-12 | Nicholas K. Geranios

Posted on 04/25/2012 6:47:13 PM PDT by SJackson

A federal appeals court has reinstated charges against six men allegedly involved in a bribery-based scheme to illegally obtain commercial driver’s licenses.

The federal charges were initially dismissed by U.S. District Court Judge Edward F. Shea of Pasco, but the appeals court reversed his decision on Tuesday.

Two of the defendants were charged with a conspiracy to defraud and deceive the Washington Department of Licensing by receiving bribes from four defendants to falsely obtain commercial driver’s licenses. They did that by helping the applicants cheat on exams and obtain false certifications showing skills tests were successfully completed.

The scheme also involved the use of addresses in Spokane for applicants who lived out of state, court documents said.

People who want to drive large commercial trucks in Washington are required to obtain a special license, and to do that they must be residents of the state and pass a series of tests.

According to court documents, defendant Brano Milovanovic was a Bosnian translator who as an independent contractor provided translation services to various government agencies, including the Department of Licensing.

According to court documents, Milovanovic contacted Bosnian-speaking people who lived outside of Washington and offered to provide them a commercial driver’s license in exchange for about $2,500. He allegedly helped applicants cheat on the written test, then paid Tony Gene Lamb about $200 to $500 to certify that an applicant had passed the driving portion of the test. Lamb was also an independent contractor.

Co-defendants Ismail Hot, Muhamed Kovacic, Elvedin Bilanovic and Aleksandar Djordjevic allegedly paid $2,500 each to receive fraudulent licenses, court documents said.

A federal grand jury in Spokane returned an indictment against the six defendants. The defendants filed a joint motion to dismiss the charges on grounds that they did not work for the state and so the state was not economically harmed. Shea ruled in their favor.

But the appeals court overturned him and remanded the case back for trial.

“There is no question that were Milovanovic and Lamb employees of the State of Washington, they would be subject to prosecution for theft of honest services,” the appeals court said. There was no reason to treat them differently because they were independent contractors, the court said.

TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; News/Current Events; War on Terror

1 posted on 04/25/2012 6:47:16 PM PDT by SJackson
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Well, not sure terrorists would worry about getting a license. 9/11 guys didn't worry about licenses. Of course, they didn't rent the planes either. Anyway, Ismail Hot, what kind of name is that.

2 posted on 04/25/2012 6:50:04 PM PDT by SJackson (As a black man, you know, Barack could get shot going to the gas station, M Obama)
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Were they interested in learning how to steer the truck, but not stop the truck?

3 posted on 04/25/2012 7:08:39 PM PDT by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults.)
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The test for commercial license is not easy. I don’t understand how people who can barely speak English can pass it. Then watch how they drive.

Same goes for the real estate exam. I’ve failed and passed both.

4 posted on 04/25/2012 7:25:12 PM PDT by Terry Mross ("It happened. And we let it happen." Peter Griffin - FAMILY GUY)
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To: SJackson
Anyway, Ismail Hot, what kind of name is that.

Islamic gay porn star.

5 posted on 04/25/2012 7:25:12 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: SJackson

The judge (Shea) is a fool and should be thrown off the bench. A commercial license is the best tool for allowing a terrorist to deliver a truckload of explosives to the Space Needle, downtown Seattle, the docks, Bremerton Naval Base, any airport, school, or federal building.

If nothing else, the Omaha Bombing taught us how destructive a truck load of explosives can be.

6 posted on 04/25/2012 8:00:48 PM PDT by MadMax, the Grinning Reaper
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To: MadMax, the Grinning Reaper

Oklahoma City.

7 posted on 04/25/2012 8:17:45 PM PDT by Red Steel
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Foreign Muslims and big trucks: what could go wrong?

8 posted on 04/25/2012 8:26:17 PM PDT by Godwin1
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To: SJackson

This was already done in our area several years ago. On a massive scale, 200-300 fraudulent CDLs were obtained by mostly Somalis and Bosnians. Some had already gone on to get hazmat licenses.

While under federal indictment one of the local defendants, Proffitt, was also the Democratic candidate for State Representative!

9 posted on 04/25/2012 9:00:06 PM PDT by chronicles
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