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State trooper supposedly bribed to submit 39 false roadside inspection reports

Owner of trucking company admits to the scheme

Posted January 24, 2018

The owner of a Texas-based trucking company pleaded guilty to “honest services wire fraud.” The owner was charged with conspiring with two Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) troopers to submit false roadside inspection reports on behalf of the motor carrier.

The company official and two troopers supposedly concealed material information concerning Level 1 commercial motor vehicle inspections of the company’s trucks. Following a roadside inspection, DPS inspection reports are electronically transmitted to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) database so the trucks can receive Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance decals.

According to the DOT Office of Inspector General, between July 2014 and September 2015, the owner of the trucking company paid a DPS trooper $4,000 to receive favorable Level 1 safety inspections, and the trooper electronically submitted 39 false vehicle inspections reports to the FMCSA database.

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