A New York man repeatedly took his driver’s permit test in a fraudulent scheme that delivered permits to dangerous drivers, according to police.
Mario Gedeon would check the “no” box on the paperwork when asked if he had a driver’s license, ABC7 reported.
He’d make hundreds of dollars each time, from $150 to $800, prosecutors said, according to CBS.
“So basically, this is a menace for us here in Nassau County and in other counties,” Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas said, reported ABC7.
“What’s disturbing is that the people who are paying him, they can’t pass the permit test. And if they can’t pass the permit test, they have no business driving on our roads.”
Gedeon was sentenced to five years probation and a $1,000 fine. Investigators in other counties have been investigating him as well and similar charges there could come soon.
The sentencing in Nassau County came 9 months after Gedeon was charged.
When told of the news, drivers who had legitimately obtained a permit were stunned.
“That’s really messed up,” driver Faith Gambina told the broadcaster. “They ask you what a stop sign is.”
Another driver told CBS: “I don’t see how they’re going to help someone drive, that’s cheating, that’s dangerous.”
The driving organization AAA was also shocked.
A representative told the broadcaster, “The idea that some people are having someone else do it for them means that they are gong out and becoming a danger to everyone else on the road. It’s a particularly reprehensible thing.”