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Merola disputed that the issue was one of public safety. He noted that a permit is not a license and said that, a decade ago, permit tests were taken at home.
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A suspicious supervisor, however, gave Fink a different test, which he completed in only 15 minutes and failed. He passed the test on his third try when Mann gave it to him before the office, which is inside the Rensselaer County municipal building on Seventh Avenue, opened for the day, investigators said.
Merola worked in the DMV office with Mann before becoming county clerk and called her a friend. He called her a good employee who made a "big mistake."
Higgins and Biben referenced a March crash in New York City that killed 15 occupants of a bus operated by a driver who retained a CDL despite numerous past citations. Biben's office is investigating that matter.
District Attorney Richard McNally, whose office is prosecuting the case, said the investigation is ongoing. He said, however, there is no indication permits were fraudulently obtained by other individuals.
Appearing at press conference in the Rensselaer County District Attorney's office, Inspector General Ellen Biben said that improprieties in the licensing process can jeopardize public safety by putting someone behind the wheel who has not proven themselves qualified.
Her son Daniel, 19, is charged with a misdemeanor of making false statements, altering records or substituting an exam. Fink was charged with first degree offering a false instrument for filing, a felony, and misdemeanors of criminal solicitation and making false statements, altering records or substituting an exam.
Mann was placed on administrative leave with pay pending the outcome of the case, County Clerk Frank Merola said.
who administers the DMV office, has cooperated in the investigation.
"I don't think this is a public safety issue at all," he said.
Lori Mann, 47, of 200 Washington Ave. in Rensselaer turned herself in Wednesday and was charged with three felony counts and four misdemeanor charges, which allege that she helped rig CDL permit tests for her son, Daniel P. Mann, and a friend, Robert K. Fink.
"I just hope people don't judge her based on the one error she made and not on her years of service to Rensselaer County," he said.
Rensselaer County DMV employee among those charged in commercial drivers license scam
She allegedly also brought a test home for her son and brought it back to the office completed, according to the inspector general's office.
The investigation by the state Inspector General's office found that Mann, a financial supervisor in the Troy office who should have no hand in administering the tests, asked another employee on July 12, 2010, to give Fink a test for which she had allegedly provided him with an answer sheet.
"When unqualified people are qualified by the people who are supposed to be upholding the rules, that's a public safety issue," McNally said.
TROY A Department of Motor Vehicles supervisor with more than 20 years on the job is charged with allegedly helping her son and another man fraudulently obtain permits for commercial driver's licenses.
degree tampering with public records and issuing a false certificate, all felonies, and two misdemeanors each of official misconduct and making false statements, altering records or substituting an exam.
The officials at the press conference, who included deputy DMV commissioner Thomas Higgins, saw it differently.
"The public has a right to expect that the rules are followed," she said.
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DMV is looking at ways to amend the licensing process. There are roughly 600,000 CDLs in New York, he said.
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