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Trucking school owner sentenced to 75 months
A St. Louis truck driving school owner was sentenced to 75 months in prison on multiple charges of bribery and fraud Monday, according to a release by federal prosecutor Catherine Hanaway.
Mustafa Redzic, 40, owner of Bonsa Truck Driving School, was found guilty in April in a scheme that involved Troy Parr, 52, of Dexter, Mo. Parr was a driver's license examiner in Sikeston, Mo., at the time of indictment in June 2007.
According to Hanaway, Redzic had his students take the test for their commercial driver's licenses with Parr administering the test. The test was a "short" version that did not meet the required standards mandated by Missouri law.
Parr pleaded guilty to fraud in December. He was sentenced to one year and one day April 28.
The U.S. Court in Cape Girardeau found that Redzic paid Parr for expenses to St. Louis where Parr would consult with Redzic on educating drivers. Parr was paid hundreds of dollars for these consultations and at one time was paid as much as $2,500 for a consultation, Hanaway said in a press release.
Redzic was convicted of one felony count of bribery, one felony count of conspiring to commit bribery and one felony count each for wire and mail fraud. The bribery conviction carried a sentence of up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. The conspiracy charge was punishable by up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine and the mail and wire fraud carried a sentence of up to 20 years and a $250,000 fine. Redzic was ordered to serve three years supervised release.
The case was investigated by the FBI, the U.S. Marshall's office, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, the U.S. Department of Transportation's Office of Inspector General, the Missouri Department of Revenue and the Missouri State Highway Patrol.