Fleet Owner Gets Light Sentence Over Bribing FMCSA Inspector
April 15, 2014
The owner of a Massachusetts trucking company got far less than the maximum penalty for attempting to bribe a Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration official.
Irfan Dushku, owner of Korca Enterprises, was sentenced late last month in U.S. District Court, in Worcester, Massachusetts, to one year of probation and a fine of $1,000 for bribery of a public official, following his guilty plea in October.
Dushku paid a Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration safety inspector $1,000 to produce a false FMCSA compliance review to avoid negative findings.
Dusku reportedly agreed to plead guilty with prosecutors recommending probation, home confinement, supervised released and a small fine. He was indicted last September.
Had he been tried and convicted, Dusku faced a maximum sentence of 15 years in prison, three years of supervised release and a fine equal to the greater of $250,000 or three times the value of the bribe.
Federal records show the fleet’s operating authority has since been revoked with a vehicle out-of-service inspection rate of 58% and poor scores when it comes to safety ratings in the unsafe driving, hours-of-service compliance and vehicle maintenance categories. Korca had six drivers and six power units.