More than two dozen business drivers have had their licenses downgraded within the wake of a scandal involving State Police troopers allegedly taking bribes in change for passing check scores, the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles introduced.
The RMV stated it recognized 26 individuals who didn’t move the check correctly and adjusted them to Class D passenger licenses. The drivers, who weren’t named, should take and move all of the required allow and expertise exams in the event that they wish to get business licenses.
The RMV stated it was unaware of any crashes involving the drivers. It was reviewing information to search for anybody else who might have obtained a license improperly.
“The RMV is committed to ensuring the public’s safety on the roads. … The RMV will take appropriate action for additional individuals identified that should not be operating a commercial motor vehicle,” it stated in an announcement.
Two present and two former troopers had been amongst six folks charged this week within the alleged scheme to obtain bribes, which included a brand new snowblower and driveway.
The troopers are accused of falsifying information and giving preferential remedy to a minimum of 17 folks from May 2019 to January 2023 who had been taking their business drivers license exams.
When drivers failed expertise exams, the troopers would move them and talk that that they had finished so in textual content messages with the code phrase “golden,” in line with the indictment. Some allegedly joked within the messages about how badly a driver had carried out.
Sgt. Gary Cederquist, 58, of Stoughton, and Trooper Joel Rogers, 54, of Bridgewater, had been arrested Tuesday. Calvin Butner, 63, of Halifax, and Perry Mendes, 63, of Wareham, each retired state troopers, had been arrested in Florida final Monday.
All 4 face greater than 70 counts together with conspiracy to falsify information, extortion and making false statements.
Two others, Eric Mathison, 47, of Boston, and Scott Camara, 42, of Rehoboth, had been additionally implicated within the scheme. A cellphone quantity couldn’t be discovered for any of the six, and their attorneys didn’t reply to requests for remark.