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Man pleads guilty to transmitting falsified MCS-150 forms to FMCSA

Scheme concealed IDs of people operating companies, unsafe buses

Posted April 4, 2019

A former president of a bus touring company in Pennsylvania pleaded guilty to charges related to illegally transmitting MCS-150 forms to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA).

The man, appearing in U.S. District Court in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, pleaded guilty in a multi-state scheme to fraudulently operate commercial bus companies. He is the 10th defendant to plead guilty from a group of 14 indicted in March 2016.

An investigation revealed that the defendants allegedly formed, controlled, managed, and operated numerous bus companies and regularly falsified MCS-150 reports and applications for operating authority. The defendants allegedly concealed both the identities of the people who operated the companies and the unsafe condition of the buses. In addition, the defendants falsified FMCSA-regulated records related to bus safety, maintenance, and driver qualifications to impede FMCSA inspections and reviews.

The Department of Transportation-Office of Inspector General led the investigation along with the Department of Homeland Security-Homeland Security Investigations, the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office, and the FMCSA.

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