Fifty-one truck and bus drivers have been arrested and charged with using fake names to obtain multiple commercial drivers licenses, according to a report in the New York Daily News.
Using facial recognition technology and a state-of-the-art computer program that continuously scans DMV records for individuals with multiple licenses under different names, the New York State Dept. of Motor Vehicles located the 51 .
Many drivers use aliases to obtain a CDL to hide traffic violations or arrests from employers, according to state officials. All 51 drivers face at least one felony count of offering a false instrument. Additional charges could also be filed, officials said.
The 51 arrests on Aug. 18 bring the count of drivers nabbed for bogus licenses in the state to more than 800 since the DMV began using the technology in February 2010.