On Sept. 26 The New York Times reported 19 individuals were charged in connection to a cheating ring for a commercial driver's license which penetrated several offices of the State Department of Motor Vehicles. Two of these offices which had been penetrated were local DMV offices in Mayville and Jamestown.
According to Chautauqua County Sheriff Joseph Gerace, Akmal Narzikulov, an organizer of the ring, and another individual went to the Mayville DMV on April 17 and the Jamestown DMV on April 24.
DMV officials were suspicious of Narzikulov, who had a New York City address, a backpack and could not speak English very well. The Jamestown Police were contacted, and they relayed the information to the FBI. Gerace said nobody knew at the time what Narzikulov's intent was.
According to The New York Times, more than 60 individuals cheated on the test and obtained a commercial driver's license, and more charges were expected.
The scheme organizers will face up to 20 years in prison and drivers face up to four years.