Safety & Compliance

Fleet Owner Gets Light Sentence Over Bribing FMCSA Inspector

April 15, 2014

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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Federal records show the fleet’s operating authority has since been revoked with a vehicle out-of-service inspection rate of 58% and poor scores when it comes to safety ratings in the unsafe driving, hours-of-service compliance and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.

Comments

  1. 1. Dick Gaib [ April 16, 2014 @ 04:09AM ]

    And Ann Ferro, wonders why we have unsafe drivers, and unsafe equipment? With the legal system, as a guardian of safety, all drivers lose., but get blamed for everything on the road. This federal judge need to be disbarred. Won't happen, you know how the political system, Those that have the GOLD WIN> IT'S CALLED THE GOLDEN RULE.

  2. 2. truck e [ April 16, 2014 @ 06:18AM ]

    Where he went wrong was he only offered $1000.....

 

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