Bus Drivers, MTA Employees, Arrested for False Licenses

Friday, Mar 25, 2011  |  Updated 4:08 PM EDT
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Authorities arrested 11 more bus drivers who used aliases to obtain driver licenses, including four MTA drivers, Gov. Andrew Cuomo's office said Friday.

The arrests come a day after two school bus drivers and a cab driver were arrested on similar charges.

The state Department of Motor Vehicles launched an investigation into driver license fraud after a tour bus crashed in the Bronx, killing 15 people and exposing the relative ease with which drivers can obtain licenses in other names.

The driver of that bus, who has not been charged, had a record that included a suspended license under another name.

In the latest roundup, authorities again used facial recognition technology to identify drivers who have a valid license in one name and several other licenses under aliases. 

"New York will use every tool at its disposal, including the latest facial recognition technology, to end fraudulent practices in obtaining driver licenses," Cuomo said.

Among those arrested were four MTA bus drivers.

The DMV has suspended all the defendants' driving privileges pending criminal prosecution.

MTA chairman Jay Walder said the agency was "grateful they have the technology in place to detect this willful evasion of the extensive background checks performed on all MTA employees."

He said the employees have been suspended without pay and the MTA is seeking their dismissal.

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