exploited these weaknesses by using multiple names and submitting applications withfalse or incomplete information to conceal significant details of his criminal and drivinghistory from law enforcement officers, DMV, other state agencies, and prospectiveemployers. In particular, Williams had a driving history rife with tickets for operating avehicle without a license and other serious infractions and a criminal history that includedfelony convictions. Between 1987 and 1991, before Williams obtained a driver license,the New York City Police Department (“NYPD”) issued him numerous tickets which hefailed to pay and which resulted in 10 suspensions.
Because Williams did not have alicense, DMV tracked these events in the name he apparently provided to police, “EricWilliams.” Over the years, some of Williams’s suspensions were cleared, but a fewremained open and unresolved. In 1992, Williams was convicted for manslaughter, for which he was incarcerated until 1994. Williams obtained his first driver license in 1995, but because he previously used a different name, his past driving record was notattributed to him. Thereafter, he obtained a Commercial Driver License Class B (“CDL-B”) in 1996. After this, NYPD issued several more tickets to Williams, all resulting insuspensions which were later resolved. In 1998, Williams was convicted for grandlarceny and served a prison sentence of two to four years. After his release in 2002, andafter receiving additional driving violations, Williams applied for and obtainedreinstatement of his driver license in 2003. In 2006, he obtained the necessary license todrive a commercial bus, a CDL-B with a passenger endorsement.Due to limitations in DMV’s procedures and in the information available to it,DMV was unable to connect Ophadell Williams to records maintained in the name of “Eric Williams.”Furthermore, because the state statutory scheme related to commercial bus drivers relies heavily on drivers’ self-disclosure of their criminal and employmenthistory, Williams’s complete background was not available to commercial bus carrierswhen they were considering whether to hire him.In addition, due toan absence of
According to DMV, a suspension applies to an individual’s privilege to drive as well as a license.