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WEST COUNTY --

April 28, 1993

MVA clerk admits he sold test answers

A 38-year-old Motor Vehicle Administration licensing clerk from Severn was sentenced to five years' probation yesterday after he pleaded guilty to selling driving test answers to commercial truck drivers.

Circuit Judge Raymond G. Thieme Jr. sentenced Alan G. Allen of the 1700 block of Independence Court yesterday immediately after the defendant pleaded guilty to bribery and to making a false entry in a public record.

Judge Thieme also sentenced Allen to one year for the bribery charge and six months on the false entry charge, but suspended both terms, meaning Allen will serve the sentences only if he violates probation.

The charges stem from incidents in April 1992, when Allen sold answers to the commercial truck driver's exam to two undercover state police officers.

Assistant State's Attorney Robert J. Bittman said police were sent in after MVA officials got a report that someone was selling the test answers and they noticed Allen was not reviewing answers when grading the tests he administered.

Mr. Bittman said Allen sold, or in a few cases gave away, test results to nine drivers on March 28, 1992. His selling price ranged from $30 to $50, he said.

The charges of making false entries stem from when Allen entered the names of those drivers into the MVA computer, indicating that they had passed the truck driver's test when in fact they had been provided the answers beforehand, Mr. Bittman said. He said the drivers involved lost their licenses, but were allowed to retake the test.

2 Laurel men charged with robbery after party

Two Laurel men have been charged with robbing a woman with whom they had earlier attended a party.

According to county police, the men and the 27-year-old woman left a party at a Motel Six on state Route 198 about 6:30 p.m. Monday and walked across the street to The Starting Gate Liquor Store where the woman bought a six-pack of beer.

When they left, the three began arguing. The woman told police the men were angry because they had no money and she had $30.

One man allegedly grabbed her and lifted her off the ground, she said, while the other allegedly went through her pockets and took her money.

She said she struck them with a pool cue she was carrying.

The woman pointed out the men to a police officer who arrived as they were walking away. The men denied they robbed the woman, insisting they only were "repossessing" the money.

Lester Eugene Mathews Jr., 27, of the 9900 block of Naylor Ave. and Darrin Cain, 29, of the 13000 block of Old Stage Coach Road were charged with robbery.

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