BOSTON (WBSM) — A driving instructor involved in the Registry of Motor Vehicles scam in Brockton in which over 2,000 people were given driver’s licenses without taking a road test has pleaded guilty to conspiring to defraud the RMV.

Ngan Dinh, 48, of Boston pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit honest services mail fraud.

Dinh will be sentenced on June 5, 2024. Dinh faces a sentence of up to 20 years in prison, three years of supervised release and a $250,000 fine.

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According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Dinh paid a road test examiner at the Brockton RMV to say that certain driver’s license applicants had passed their road test when they actually did not, including some that didn’t even show up to take the test.

The RMV then mailed driver’s licenses to those applicants.

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An internal investigation at the RMV found that between April 2018 and the time the investigation launched in 2020, around 2,100 people received passing road test scores from two Brockton Service Center road test examiners.

In April 2023, Brockton driving school owner Estevao Semedo pleaded guilty to the same conspiracy to commit honest services mail fraud charge, admitting to paying a road test examiner $17,000 in bribes to give driver’s licenses to people who hadn’t passed or taken the road test.

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In January 2024, Neta Centio of Taunton was sentenced to 15 months in prison, one year of supervised release, a fine of $10,000 and forfeiture of $19,305 after pleading guilty to the same conspiracy charge for bribing a road test examiner at the Brockton RMV.

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