Luzerne County, PA Commercial Driver’s License Examiner Charged
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 11, 2019
Nanticoke, PA – A Luzerne County man is in custody as the result of a year-and-a -half investigation that took place at the Luzerne County Community College (LCCC) in Nanticoke City, Luzerne County.
Michael Anthony Jordan, 51, of Larksville, Pennsylvania was charged with 25 counts of Violations Concerning Licenses, 25 counts of Causing or Risking a Catastrophe, one count of Theft by Unlawful Taking or Disposition, and 25 counts of Tampering with Public Records or Information.
The State Police in Wyoming were contacted in October 2017 by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) to investigate Jordan, who was a PennDOT third-party commercial driver’s license (CDL) test examiner. The investigation included interviews with numerous CDL applicants who were tested by Jordan at the LCCC from January 1, 2016 through December 31, 2017.
The investigation revealed that Jordan falsified PennDOT examination reports and failed to properly test individuals, resulting in CDL licenses being issued to dozens of drivers without the proper safety tests being conducted. Jordan received cash payments directly from the applicants, resulting in a loss of income for LCCC. Personnel at LCCC had no knowledge of the fraudulent testing and fully cooperated with the criminal investigation.
Jordan’s actions allowed 142 commercial vehicle operators to drive on public highways without proper qualifications, risking the safety of other drivers on the road. The identified operators have been re-tested at different locations to assess their abilities and certify them as qualified CDL operators, and 67 failed the re-test.
Charging documents are available through District Court 11-3-02 (570-735-7648). Reference Incident #PA17-1093738; Investigated by Trooper George Layaou. For more information on the Pennsylvania State Police, visit psp.pa.gov.
MEDIA CONTACT: Tpr. Thomas Kelly, 570-697-2127, @PSPTroopPPIO on Twitter