SEPTEMBER 21, 2006 - Posted at 4:56 p.m. CDT
WEST PLAINS, MO - Bradley Schlozman, the U.S. Attorney for western Missouri, announced today that the superintendent of a West Plains truck-driving school was among 15 co-defendants indicted by a federal grand jury for mail fraud related to a conspiracy to provide commercial driver's licenses to more than 70 Somali and Bosnian nationals.
Dean Proffit, 71, and Orbin May, 63, both of West Plains; Ernest White, 49, also known as Mustafa, of Kansas City; Howard Schneider, 39, of Kansas; Hiram Chebar Oliver, 33, of Raytown; Osman Abdullahi, 30, a citizen of Somalia living in San Diego; 25-year-old Elias Mohamed, 27-year-old Ahmed Sharif, 24-year-old Abdulfatah Farah, 32-year-old Abdirizak Mohamed, and Yusuf Kalmole, 34, all citizens of Somalia living in Kansas City; Abdiwahab Mohamed, 37, a citizen of Somalia living in Minneapolis; 19-year-old Adil Majlovic and 31-year-old Mersud Kajtazovic, both citizens of Bosnia living in Kansas City; and 22-year-old Samir Hasanovic of Arnold, Missouri, were charged in a 62-count indictment returned under seal by a federal grand jury in Springfield on Wednesday. The indictment was unsealed and made public today upon the arrests and initial court appearances of the defendants.
According to the indictment, the conspiracy involved fraudulent testing for commercial driver's licenses on the part of the South Central Career Center Truck Driver Training School (SCCC) in West Plains and Muslim Brothers & Sisters (MBS), a trucking company that operated a truck driving training school in Kansas City for more than 70 Somali and Bosnian nationals. Proffitt was the superintendent of the SCCC, which is a division of the West Plains school district, where May was employed to train truck drivers and administer CDL tests.