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Friday, March 24, 2023

Man Charged With Forgery For Obtaining CDL Fraudulently


A Utah man is facing charges for attempting to fraudulently obtain a commercial driver’s license by using another man’s identity, according a U.S. Department of Transportation news release.

James Michael Austin was charged with forgery on Feb. 16 in the Eighth Judicial District Court, Uintah County, Utah. Approximately one year before, Austin used the identity of a man named Michael James Fisher when applying for a CDL.

According to the news release, Austin used a fraudulently obtained Maine driver’s license and a Colorado CDL Driving Skills Test Completion Statement form during the application process. Austin used to have a Colorado CDL, but it was revoked after he was deemed a habitual traffic offender.

Austin also gave a false date of birth, Social Security number and signature when applying for the CDL. Eventually, Austin completed the application in March 2017 and obtained a Utah CDL using Michael James Fisher’s information.