Thirty-one people were charged with false scoring of Coast Guard exams, including a former credentialing worker named Dorothy Smith in Mandeville. The tests were held at an exam centre in Louisiana for the United States Cost Guard.
Dorothy Smith was responsible for admitting the tests score in the license obtaining a spot on ships, which is essential for merchant mariners to gain legally. She was accused of putting incorrect scores for maritime labour offering to pay her illegally with the help of links and connections she had with several mediators, as mentioned by the U.S Attorney Office.
The release mentions that the positions for which Dorothy Smith entered false scores to obtain the licenses included chief engineer, chief mate and master which are considered as the leading positions for positions and seats of officer-degree.
The Associated Press presented the charges against this unlawful act.
Two former Coast Guard employees and four maritime industry workers were accused of acting as intermediaries for Dorothy Smith. Various industry workers were also found to have their scores fixed by Dorothy Smith with illegal ways. She and the six accused intermediaries were charged with conspiracy to defraud the United States and spreading criminal acts among the department.
Several industry workers were involved with Dorothy Smith, which included four maritime industry employees and two former coast guard workers, who were found to have false test scores themselves. These accusers were charged with a plot to cheat the United States, a country to which they belong.
Apart from these prosecutors, the charges were also presented against twenty-four present and previous merchant marine workers for illegally gaining a license for the officer positions.