KUSA - Employees at an Aurora driving school have been accused of exchanging bribes for passing scores on driving tests, according to a news release from the U.S. Justice Department.
Stuart Bryan King, the owner of Little Lake Driving Academy, and Griselda Trevina De Valenzuela, the academy's clerk, were arraigned in U.S. District Court in Denver Wednesday.
Charges included conspiracy to commit wire and mail fraud, aggravated identity theft, social security fraud and bribery.
From August 2009 through November 2012, King and De Valenzuela are accused of falsely certifying applicants for a Colorado driver's license and instruction permits.
They allegedly charged between $130 to $420 in cash to fraudulently issue passing grades. Some of those passing grades went to applicants who could not speak, read or write English.
King and De Valenzuela are also accused of transporting non-English speakers to Colorado from Missouri. These individuals are said to have purchased the identities of U.S. citizens and obtained Missouri identification cards.
They then used those cards to obtain Colorado driver's licenses.
"Little Lake is one of 114 driving schools that provide customers with written and driving testing," Michael Dixon, senior director of the Division of Motor Vehicles, said in a news release. "These schools provide a valuable service to the citizens of Colorado. It is unfortunate when a tester may be taking advantage of customers, but it is the exception rather than the rule."
King and Da Valenzuela could each face more than 20 years in prison and fines of more than $250,000.
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