Officials Sentenced Over Driver's License Bribery Scheme ({{commentsTotal}})

"Silence! Exam!" Source: Photo: Postimees/Scanpix

Viru County Court sentenced five officials in a plea bargain on Friday after a bribe-taking scheme in the written portion of the Estonian driver's license exam was exposed.

At least 18 test-takers paid around 880 euros each in return for a helping hand in the exams from last September to last March, reported uudised.err.ee. The officials had provided the test-takers with audio and video devices that gave the correct answers during the exams.

The corruption was overseen by the Road Administration's traffic bureau chief in Narva, Jaanus Tammets, who was sentenced to over three months in prison, followed by a 3.5-year probation period. He was found guilty of bribery, fraud and embezzlement.

The test-takers who had paid the bribes were not charged but were ordered to pay fines.