Secretary of State orders Detroit trucking school shut down
AUGUST 10, 2012
School encouraged students to submit fake residency documents
LANSING, Mich. — Secretary of State Ruth Johnson today announced that her office revoked the driving school certificate and fined the Detroit-based Great Truckers Driving School $34,000 for encouraging students to apply for Commercial Driver Licenses with fake residency documents.
The school, operated by Sukhjit Sandhu and Rajinder Sandhu, provided out-of-state students with fake lease agreements that listed the addresses of vacant buildings or homes of people unconnected to the school or the students. The documents were used by students to falsely show they lived in Michigan when they applied for a CDL, which are required for drivers who operate commercial vehicles like large trucks and buses.
Secretary of State officials, once they became aware of the situation, also immediately notified law enforcement officials.
"Providing false information when obtaining a driver's license or state ID card is a significant violation and we will hold those responsible to account," Johnson said. "We take our responsibility to protect the integrity of ID documents very seriously. Driver's licenses and state-issued ID cards have many critical uses, such as buying age-limited items, opening bank accounts and accessing government services."
The school's certificate revocation, which becomes effective Aug. 15, means that it can no longer provide driving instruction in Michigan.
Rajinder Sandhu also was fined $13,000 and his driving instructor certificate is revoked effective Aug. 15 because he personally encouraged students to submit fake documents despite previously agreeing to stop the practice.
More than 85 CDLs or CDL Temporary Instruction Permits obtained with the false documents from Great Truckers Driving School have been cancelled.
"I thank our diligent branch office staff for discovering this fraudulent activity and reporting it," Johnson said. "Because of them, we were able to investigate this matter, take appropriate action and refer the matter to law enforcement authorities."
Michigan driver's license or ID card applicants must present at least two residency documents, such as lease agreements and utility bills, to prove they live in the state, as well as other pieces of identification, such as a Social Security card, government-issued photo ID and birth certificate.
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