No News is Bad News. Join the SA Current Press Club.

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Court Testimony: Texas Department of Public Safety Employee Took Bribes in Exchange for Commercial Driver's Licenses

Posted By on Tue, Jul 9, 2019 at 2:05 PM

click to enlarge MIKE BIRD / PEXELS
  • Mike Bird / Pexels
A federal court case has illuminated a scheme by a Texas Department of Public Safety employee who issued 215 commercial driver’s licenses to people who couldn't pass the test to qualify, according to a report.

A San Antonio DPS worker is reported to have taken bribes in exchange for the licenses between January 2017 and June of this year, the story says, citing FBI testimony in a local court hearing.

Authorities didn't release the name of the employee or the DPS location where he worked.

The scheme came to light after federal authorities brought charges against two people charged in the case with conspiracy to commit mail fraud. The defendants — truckers Marino Maury Diaz-Leon of San Antonio and Fernando Guardado Vazquez of Austin — are accused of offering bribes to the DPS employee, according to FBI testimony.

According to authorities, the license scheme came to light after a DPS audit. An investigation by DPS and the Texas Rangers followed.

Stay on top of San Antonio news and views. Sign up for our Weekly Headlines Newsletter.

Tags: , , , , , , ,

San Antonio Current works for you, and your support is essential.

Our small but mighty local team works tirelessly to bring you high-quality, uncensored news and cultural coverage of San Antonio and beyond.

Unlike many newspapers, ours is free – and we'd like to keep it that way, because we believe, now more than ever, everyone deserves access to accurate, independent coverage of their community.

Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing pledge, your support helps keep San Antonio's true free press free.

Read the Digital Print Issue

November 18, 2020

View more issues


Never miss a beat

Sign Up Now

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.


© 2020 San Antonio Current

Website powered by Foundation