April 24, 2001 (ELGIN, Ill.) – Fifteen people were arrested for allegedly using false documents to get Illinois driver’s licenses when they showed up for a retest ordered in the wake of a corruption scandal.
The 15 were among a group of 80 who allegedly received licenses after paying bribes to John Spahn, a former employee in the Secretary of State’s office. Only 25 people showed up to take the written exam.
Police officers examined the documents presented by those who did appear and determined whether they were giving valid Social Security numbers. Twelve people were charged with misdemeanors and three with felonies, while the other 10 were able to take the written test and can get back behind the wheel if they pass a road test.