Nine people, including five from Bucks County, are accused of helping hundreds of people with limited English skills fraudulently obtain Commercial Driver’s Licenses, which allow them to drive buses and big trucks.
Federal prosecutors say the scheme centered around the International Training Academy, owned by Vitaliy and Tatyana Kroshnev of Richboro. They advertised in Russian language newspapers in several states, and allegedly gave people from out-of-state phony documents with Philadelphia addresses. Fees customers were charged ranged from $300 to $2,500. A federal indictment says they also provided interpreters who gave applicants the answers on the written part of the test given by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation. They were on their own for the actual on-the-road driving test. PennDot says it will review the cases individually and take appropriate action.