6 Long Islanders arrested in driver's license probe

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Six Long Islanders were among 21 people arrested and indicted Wednesday, accused of cheating on commercial driver's license written exams so they could drive vehicles such as school buses and heavy trucks that haul hazardous materials.

A continuing investigation into the scam found last fall that prospective commercial drivers in New York City and on Long Island were paying people between $1,400 and $4,000 to provide them with answers to the test.

Those arrested Wednesday included: Concepcion Cruz, 41, of Westbury; Juan Flores, 33, of Central Islip; Jose Martinez, 33, and Juan Martinez, 37, both of Brentwood; Jose Quiroz, 32, of Copiague; and Marie Sixto, 40, of Uniondale.

New York State Inspector General Catherine Leahy Scott and New York County District Attorney Cyrus Vance announced the arrests, which they said involved cheating at the Department of Motor Vehicles facility on Greenwich Street in Manhattan.

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"Test cheating puts innocent people at risk," Leahy Scott said. "We entrust the operators of these vehicles to safely bring our children to and from school. We count on them to navigate very busy transportation networks without getting into catastrophic accidents."

Last fall, two Long Islanders were among eight people arrested as part of the same scam.

The cheating in those cases occurred at DMV facilities in Massapequa, Queens and Manhattan.

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