Trucking Company Owner Pleads Guilty in Probe of West Plains Driver's School

SPRINGFIELD, MO - The owner of a Kansas City, Kansas, trucking company pleaded guilty in a conspiracy to provide phony commercial licenses to Somali and Bosnian nationals.

U.S. Attorney John Wood says 40-year-old Howard E. Schneider pleaded guilty to wire fraud.

Schneider is the fourth person to plead guilty to being part of a ring that helped drivers get commercial trucking licenses through rigged tests at a truck driving school in West Plains.

Prosecutors say Schneider admitted that he had helped direct individuals to the school.

Schneider could be sentenced to five years in federal prison without parole, plus a fine up to $250,000.

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