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Dorchester driving instructor admits bribing RMV employee to approve licenses for people who hadn't taken driver's tests

A Dorchester driving instructor was formally charged today - and immediately agreed to plead guilty - to bribery to obtain driver's licenses for three of his students even though they hadn't taken the required driving test first.

Ngan Dinh, 48, was formally charged in an "information" in US District Court in Boston with conspiracy to commit honest services mail fraud. The charge carries a maximum sentence of 20 years, but the US Attorney's office agreed to ask for a far shorter sentence in exchange for Dinh's plea.

According to the federal filing, Dinh conspired with a road test examiner at the RMV office in Brockton between August, 2020 and April, 2021. Three students paid Dinh a total of $3,330 for him certifying they had taken and passed road tests they did not actually take. Dinh then paid the RMV worker a total of $300 to accept their learner's permits and grant them Class D driving licenses.

The filing does not mention whether the RMV employee was also charged, but states that Dinh conspired with "the Co-Conspirator and others known and unknown to the United States Attorney."

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And its not like the police are gonna do anything, party on.

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and only if they're getting OT

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driver school back in 1980. The school showed one of those scary movies about what happens when you're a bad driver. The film goes on for at least 20 minutes, following a car that eventually ends up in a fiery crash.
It donned on my how fake it is because, why would someone be just happening to drive behind a car, filming it all that time before the driver made a bad mistake and ended up in that tragic end? And this was from the days when all film was shot with a real camera. Not like today with dashcam recording everything without any effort from the driver.
Looked pretty good though.

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Why is it usually the feds noticing this malfeasance at state agencies? Shouldn’t state law enforcement be the first line of defense?

Also, why no charges for the students?

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Not sure if it still works this way, but back in the day when I got my license, the “road test examiner” was a state trooper even for an ordinary driver’s license, which is interesting in light of the other recent news.

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when i got mine it was with a registry cop working out of the courthouse. they eventually all became staties. the cop who gave me my test went away for dealing cocaine.

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And they are generally unwilling to pass anyone who isn't coming in as a driving school participant.

The registry got in trouble a few years back because they had no test slots that weren't taken up by driving schools. The examiners get paid by the test, so they were pissed off when there was a legal action to force the registry to set aside spaces for non-school tests - they can crank out the driving school tests much faster because the car is the same. So some of the examiners decided that they were going to automatically fail anyone who didn't come in from a driving school out of spite.

We had one POS examiner in Lawrence flat out tell my son to "push through the people (in the parking lot) - you're the man with the car" and fail him because he didn't do something blatantly illegal (pass a slowly moving vehicle when there was a double yellow line and oncoming traffic). I reported her for incompetence - not sure where that went, but you don't instruct people to bully people out of the way with a car, or to illegally pass. I'm sure it had a lot to do with his not being in a driving school - we sent him to a school just to take an exam through them and it was smooth sailing.

But even the school bubblebath is a far tougher exam than my husband had - victory lap of Cohasset Common, parallel parking ceremony after which he was handed a crackerjack box with his license in it. 5 question test, little of it having nothing to do with actual driving laws.

This latest bullshit doesn't surprise me. The RMV needs to be doing a much better job of managing their contractors, tracking their stats, and throwing in some hidden testers.

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The kidlet passed her road test back in the earlyish pandemic days in Milford with no driver-school background - just some experience in the family Prius on the mean roads of Rozzie, Westie and, um, Hydie (where she learned first hand to watch out for Massholes ignoring stop signs).

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I took my test in Brockton. I flunked twice and the 3rd time, the cop just said "You got this." The second time, they made my Dad get out of the back seat and drive the rest of the way back to the registry. The cops made me wicked nervous as a 16 year old. I was worried they would shoot me.

I think the cop that did my 3rd test, was brought down for SA.

My Dad, was pushing my getting a license. He did all the driving and running to the store because my Mom stopped driving when she was a teen and never drove again, but she did renew her license. He wanted me to go to the store, be a taxi drive for my siblings, drive my mom to to work, etc.

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RMV employees were also caught giving tests to people they knew were using fake IDs. They were bribed to give people presenting Brazilian identities the Spanish language tests. Your tax dollars at work.

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All relatively minor crimes (i.e., relative to his crimes) should never carry a sentence more severe than probation. The criminal justice system should essentially be suspended. All nonviolent offenders should be immediately released. Once he is in jail serving a life sentence, we can reassess and maybe resume.

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