Ex-CDL license tester sentenced to prison for taking bribes

A former Idaho commercial driver’s license skills tester has been sentenced to two years in federal prison for taking $38,000 in bribes in exchange for giving passing test scores.

Kelly Nathaniel Goodman, 72, of Gooding, Idaho, was sentenced to two years in federal prison for honest services wire fraud.

U.S. District Court Judge Amanda K. Brailsford imposed the sentence, which also requires Goodman to forfeit $38,000, according to a news release from U.S. Attorney Josh Hurwit.

To obtain a commercial driver’s license in Idaho, an applicant must, among other requirements, receive a passing score from a CDL skills test examiner.  The Idaho Transportation Department contracts with third-party CDL skills test examiners to administer such tests. 

According to court records, Goodman was an Idaho CDL skills test examiner from the 1990s until late 2021. Between December 2017 and May 2020, the government said, Goodman engaged in a scheme to defraud the Idaho Transportation Department, accepting at least $38,000 in bribes in return for providing passing scores on tests.  Goodman specifically pleaded guilty to receiving a bribe on Aug. 31, 2021, in return for giving an individual a passing score. 

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