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Five people arrested for allegedly trying to scam their way through RMV permit tests

Five people have been arrested over the past year for allegedly taking part in separate attempts to scam their way through the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles learner’s permit test, officials confirmed Saturday.

Frank Castro, 45, of Somerville; Joao Correira, 52, of Brockton; Kevin Rodrigues-Fontes, 51, of Brockton; Bernaddy Modnesir, 20, of Brockton; and Rafael Soto, 33, of Dorchester, have been arrested and accused of participating in fraudulent permit test-taking schemes at various RMV branches — including those in Somerville, Watertown, Brockton, and Woburn — State Police spokesman David Procopio said in a statement Saturday.

Castro, Soto, and Modnesir have allegedly taken permit tests on behalf of other people, the statement said. Officials believe Rodriguez-Fontes was a customer who paid for someone to take the test for him, and Correia served as a middle man connecting customers to test-takers.

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The RMV has also revoked the permits of the other customers involved, the State Police statement said.

Jacquelyn Goddard, a spokesperson for MassDOT, said in a statement Saturday that the RMV has been collaborating with law enforcement officials throughout the investigation in hopes of further preventing similar schemes.

“The RMV as part of its routine fraud prevention efforts shares information with its staff so they can identify parties who are attempting to commit fraud and prevent credentials from being issued. Due to the active investigations by law enforcement, the RMV declines comment on specific cases of alleged fraud,” Goddard said in the statement.

Police are still trying to identify other suspects.

No further information was immediately available.


Elise Takahama can be reached at elise.takahama@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @elisetakahama.