A man who was working at the Texas Department of Public Safety has been sentenced to two years in prison for issuing fraudulent commercial driver’s licenses. Freight Waves reported that “Alonzo Blackman, 68, of San Antonio, was sentenced Wednesday on one count of conspiracy to commit mail and honest services fraud, a crime he pleaded guilty to in 2020”.
These crimes were reported to have been committed from January 2017 until June 2019. At the time, Alonzo was responsible for overseeing the insurance of 215 fraudulent CDLs from the Department of Public Safety. Out of the 215 fraudulent CDLs 197 went to Cuban nationals; 11 to U.S. citizens; one to a Dominican Republic national; one to an Ethiopian national; one to an Iraqi national; one to a Puerto Rican national; one to a Ukrainian national; and two to Mexican nationals.
U.S. Attorney Ashley C. Hoff has expressed that this case “represents an appalling breach of public trust and safety”. Alonzo had two co-defendants who helped with the bribes, one has been sentenced to a year in prison with the other scheduled to be sentenced on Aug. 10.