JEFFERSON PARISH – In March 2021, Louisiana State Police detectives said they began investigating fraudulent driving school certificates that were submitted to the Louisiana Office of Motor Vehicles.
The fraudulent certificates were being used to qualify for a driver’s license, according to Thursday’s press release.
Detectives learned that driver’s certificates were issued by driving schools in the New Orleans metro area.
During an investigation, detectives said they were able to determine that Prentiss Martin, 56, of New Orleans, operated a business called “Professional Legal Services” in an office in Gretna.
Detectives executed a search warrant at the office location and obtained various items consistent with the fabrication of fraudulent documents.
Given the findings, detectives say they obtained an arrest warrant for Martin accusing him of False (211 counts).
This afternoon, Martin was arrested and incarcerated at the Jefferson Parish Correctional Center for the active warrant.
The state police inform citizens: in order to apply for a driving license, they are required to successfully complete driver training. These courses are offered by driving schools approved by the Louisiana Office of Motor Vehicles. A list of Louisiana Office of Motor Vehicles approved driving schools is available at expresslane.org.
To report fraudulent activity with respect to driver education, citizens are encouraged to contact the Training and Certification Unit of the Louisiana Office for Motor Vehicle Training and Certification at 225-925-1795 .
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