UNIONTOWN (KDKA) – A driver’s license examiner accused of taking money from people wanting to pass their driving test was in court Wednesday.
Marvin Mills, 57, of Vanderbilt, waived his preliminary hearing today.
We decided to waive today’s hearing,” said Thomas Shaffer, the defense attorney. “We believe it wouldn’t be necessary.”
Investigators said Mills would take $100 to $700 from people who wanted to pass the driving test, but couldn’t or just didn’t want to learn how to drive properly.
According to State Police, Mills worked at the Uniontown Driver’s License Center.
Investigators say Mills tested some 346 drivers from the south Asian country of Bhutan failing only seven in a three-year span.
The applicants drove from as far away as Erie to take the driver’s test with Mills.
According to the criminal complaint, “Mills had the applicant park in the parking lot of the PennDOT building directly next door to the drivers exam center and then drive directly back to the drivers license center with no other road skills or route taken.”
Police say this was repeated time and time again.
Mills faces questions over allegations in the criminal complaint. It says, “Mills was observed to be manipulating the schedule and disobeying orders from supervisors to place himself in a position that he would always be the examiner who tested these foreign applicants.”
Mills said nothing after he waived the hearing.
“He believes that will shed light on his truth and innocence,” said Shaffer.
Mills is facing 16 counts of bribery and other charges.
He is free on $50,000 bond. His trail date has not been set, and he no longer works for the state.