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NY accuses 19 of cheating on driver tests

Albany, N.Y. (AP) - New York state, city and federal prosecutors have arrested 19 people accused of scheming to cheat on tests for licenses to drive school buses and operate trucks hauling hazardous materials.

State Inspector General Catherine Leahy Scott, U.S. Attorney Loretta Lynch and Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance, Jr. say Thursday that people paid thousands of dollars to get test answers in New York City.

They say applicants would leave the testing site and hand blank tests to one of the organizers of the scam or a "runner" who would take the form to someone who could fill in the correct answers. In some cases, test takers immediately received interim licenses. Three security guards are charged.

Eight people are charged with cheating. Eleven face mail fraud conspiracy charges.

The investigation was first reported Thursday by the New York Daily News.

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