Pair charged with bribing FMCSA safety investigator

Indictments: Men conspired to influence compliance review, safety audit

Posted November 19, 2018

A Massachusetts bus company owner and consultant were charged with five counts of conspiracy and bribery in a scheme involving a Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) official.

The two individuals attempted to bribe an FMCSA safety investigator, according to a five-count indictment that was unsealed on November 1, 2018, in the U.S. District Court in Boston, Massachusetts.

The indictment alleges that the men conspired to provide $2,800 to the safety investigator to influence a compliance review and safety audit in July and August 2018. The pair’s alleged goal was to ensure that:

  • The company’s buses remain in service despite at least two serious safety violations; and
  • The company avoid significant fines despite multiple violations of DOT safety regulations.

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