Discussion in 'Sign Language & Deaf Education' started by Reba, Jun 26, 2011.
Wow! I hadn't heard of this at all!
So a RID examiner accepted bribes to pass interpreters for certification?
That's what it sounds like but I'm not clear about it. It says Motley was convicted of conspiracy, which means at least another person was involved. However, he's the only one mentioned that was fired and prosecuted. Do they mean the other conspirators were the test takers? It seems kind of odd that 34 test takers would know the one guy to bribe. There must be more to it.
I don't think we have all the details.
wow that is serious important!
I didn't hear anything about this. Thank you for sharing Reba.
This letter was posted at my deaf club this morning. At least I saw it this morning, don't know when it was put up. All I can say is "WOW!!"
I do think it would have been difficult for that many people to collaborate, let alone organize this thing. But, the article does state that the fraud occurred within 8 months, so it's not like all 34 people took the same test at the same time, maybe not even in the same location. So to me, it's likely the Motley guy pulled random test takers. How big is the organization? It seems unusual that one person has so much access to several departments (i.e. payment receiving, payment processing, test evaluation, test scoring, document processing, money transfers, etc).
That does seem puzzling that one person would have so much access.
The interpreters were victims, not co-conspirators
I doubt RID would allow the interpreters to keep their certifications until they can retest if they had been involved in the fraud. More likely they would be stripped of their certification immediately and potentially banned from ever joining the organization again, not to mention prosecution. A few years ago, an interpreter who falsified a letter from RID to an employer claiming to have certification when she did not was publicly sanctioned in the VIEWS and banned from RID membership for ten years. I seriously doubt RID would allow interpreters to defraud them directly, worse than what she did, and still keep their certifications until they retest.
My understanding is that he chose tests at random and falsified test scores to avoid sending them to raters to begin with, thus keeping the rater payments for himself. I could be wrong, but this is how I read the letter. The interpreters were victims, along with everyone else.
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