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Title: Four Georgia Men Indicted.
Start Date: 1/30/2015
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O.I.G. Office of Inspector General of D.O.T. reports Four Georgia Men Indicted for False Statements and Conspiracy to Violate FMCSA Imminent Hazard Order. Please see the Press Release below.

On January 21, 2015, Lacey Lewis pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court, Macon, Georgia, to conspiracy to violate an Imminent Hazard Out-of-Service Order issued by Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA).

On October 24 2014, Corey Daniels was sentenced in U.S. District Court, Macon, Georgia, to conspiracy to violate an Imminent Hazard Out-of-Service Order issued by Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). Daniels was sentenced to 12 months of probation.

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Here are a couple links to an interesting article about murder, fraud and conspiracy all related to the trucking industry. The first article is from the Washington Examiner and the second is from The Telegraph.

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The Telegraph

Title: Drug Tester Sentenced for Scamming Commercial Truck Operators
Start Date: 1/30/2015
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 On January 16, 2015, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) debarred Elizabeth Pope for a period of three years retroactive to August 6, 2014. In addition, FMCSA issued to Pope a Notice of Proposed Exclusion and recommended a 5-year Public Interest Exclusion from conducting business with the Department of Transportation.

On December 10, 2014, Elizabeth "Betsy" Pope, was sentenced in U.S. District Court, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Pope, operator of Eastgate Laboratory Testing, a company that conducts drug testing for commercial vehicle operators and trucking companies in the Pittsburgh area was sentenced to 8 months house arrest, 4 years probation, and ordered to pay $109,000 in restitution.

 

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Title: DOT OIG News Update: OFraudulent CDL Test-Taking Scheme
Start Date: 1/30/2015
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On January 21, 2015, Inocente Gonzalez and LaToya Bourne pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court, Brooklyn, New York, to conspiracy to commit Honest Services Mail Fraud in connection with a widespread fraudulent Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) test-taking scheme in New York State. In total, eleven individuals were indicted in October 2013, including Gonzalez and Bourne.

On January 12, 2015, Marie Daniel pleaded guilty in connection with a widespread fraudulent Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) test-taking scheme in New York State (NYS). Daniel was indicted, along with ten others in October 2013 by a federal grand jury in U.S. District Court, Brooklyn, New York.

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Title: O.I.G. Initiates an Audit of D.O.T. cyber security response
Start Date: 1/22/2015
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The Office of Inspector General is initiating an audit of the Department of Transportation’s (DOT) practices for handling cybersecurity incidents. Security incidents—from viruses to attempted network intrusions—can result in system malfunctions, and the loss, theft or alteration of data. Our audit objectives are to determine whether DOT has (1) effective monitoring in place for all its networks and information systems; (2) an effective process to detect incidents affecting Agency systems; and (3) established practices that reasonably contain, eradicate, and report incidents.

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Title: Owners of a Brooklyn CDL Driving School Plead Guilty in Fraudulent CDL Test-Taking Scheme
Start Date: 1/20/2015
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On January 8, 2015, spouses Ying Wai Phillip Ng and Pui Kuen Ng, owner/operators of a commercial driving school, N&Y Professional Service Line in Brooklyn, New York, pleaded guilty to fraud in connection with identification documents. From approximately 2001 to 2012, the Ngs assisted customers in taking the written New York State (NYS) commercial driver’s license (CDL) examination by providing the answers to test takers. The NYS Department of Motor Vehicles issues CDLs in accordance with USDOT regulations. Many of the driving school’s customers did not speak or write in English. The school routinely provided certain customers with covert camera equipment prior to taking the CDL exam, which was viewed remotely. This enabled the defendants to provide the test answers to the customers through a pre-arranged pager mechanism. It is estimated that as many as 500 CDL applicants passed the exam as a result of this scheme.

As part of their guilty pleas, the Ngs agreed to be jointly and severally liable for a forfeiture money judgment in the amount of $125,000 in cash, forfeited assets of $50,645 in seized bank funds, and a 2004 Toyota Sienna used in the commission of the crime.

We are conducting this investigation with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security - El Dorado Task Force

 

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Title: NY Auto Broker Indicted on Charges of Mail and Wire Fraud
Start Date: 12/30/2014
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On December 11, 2014, Gregory Sclafani was indicted on wire and mail fraud charges by a federal grand jury in U.S. District Court, Central Islip, New York, for defrauding consumers after they scheduled auto shipments with Sclafani's company, AUSA Logistics.

 

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