Ohio trucking company owners indicted for falsifying DOT document

Business previously placed out-of-service for safety fitness violations

Posted November 4, 2015

On October 21, 2015, a mother and son who owned a Columbus, Ohio, freight transportation company were indicted for fraud. The son was charged for forgery and telecommunications fraud. And the mother was charged for telecommunications fraud.

According to the Department of Transportation Office of Inspector General, on December 22, 2013, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) placed the company out-of-service for failure to comply with safety fitness requirements. This prohibited them from operating in interstate and intrastate commerce.

However, in January 2015, the son allegedly created a document on false DOT, FMCSA letterhead misrepresenting the company’s authority to operate. This document was submitted by the mother, at the son’s request, to various entities.


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