Thursday, January 18, 2018

Action in 5 trucking-related crimes has recently been reported by the DOT’s Office of Inspector General

An Ohio-based trucking company was ordered to pay a criminal fine of $525,000, forfeit $215,000 and serve three years of probation after conspiring with at least five other carriers to reincarnate operations to avoid out-of-service orders issued by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

Enson Trading LLC, doing business as Eternal Food Service (EFS) allegedly received $12,000 in cash from a customer without filing with the IRS, and conspired to get new carrier registrations and reincarnate.

A Texas fleet owner pled guilty for paying Texas Department of Public Safety officers for clean inspections.

Orlinte Cruz, owner of 30-truck fleet Cruz and Sons Transportation paid a DPS trooper $4,000 in exchange for 39 favorable Level I safety inspections between 2014 and 2015.

A Washington state-based drug tester pled guilty to making fabricated clean results to meet DOT drug testing requirements for companies that contract hired her to administer DOT drug testing programs and get clean results.

Christine Clark, owner of Premium Drug Screening in Shelton, Wash., was supposed to collet urine specimens from employees and send them to certified labs for testing, according to OIG. Instead, she  fabricated hundreds of DOT drug test reports to make it look like the urine specimens had been tested.

Donald Freeman, a California DMV employee, and Juan Arroyo Gomez pleaded guilty Dec. 14 to charges related to their roles in a CDL testing scheme.

According to OIG, between 2016 and 2017, they were paid to alter DMV database records to fraudulently indicate applicants had passed written CDL exams when they had not.

A former Mississippi CDL trainer recently pleaded guilty to providing fraudulent paperwork to CDL applicants in exchange for $200-$400 for each set of fraudulent paperwork.

Derrious Emadrick Dillon, of McComb, Miss., was fired from a company that provided CDL training and certification, but continued providing paperwork to CDL applicants after his termination. According to a report from the District Attorney’s office, Dillon obtained a list of authorized CDL instructors and ID numbers in Mississippi. He used these names and ID numbers to create false paperwork stating CDL applicants had passed the written test, when they had never taken the tests.

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