September 16, 2019
Former California DMV Employee Sentenced to Prison
On August 23, 2019, Aaron Gilliam was sentenced in U.S. District Court, Sacramento, California, to 22 months in prison, 36 months of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment fee. He had been charged with conspiracy to commit bribery, identity fraud, and the unauthorized access of a computer.
On November 17, 2017, Aaron Gilliam, an employee with the California D.M.V., pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court, Sacramento, to charges related to his role in a conspiracy to sell C.D.L.s.
September 5, 2019
Rhode Island Trucking Company Owner Pleads Guilty to Scheme to Defraud FMCSA
On August 22, 2019, Michael Chaves, owner of CAT Transportation Inc. (CAT), pled guilty in U.S. District Court, Providence, Rhode Island, to bank and wire fraud, falsification of Federal records during a Federal investigation, aggravated identity theft, and tax evasion. Chaves was indicted on July 24, 2019.
August 23, 2019
California DMV Employees Sentenced in CDL Scheme
On August 8, 2019, Kari Scattaglia, former management official and licensing registration examiner at the Arleta, California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) and the Grandada Hills Drivers’ License Processing Center, was sentenced in U.S. District Court, Sacramento, California, to 32 months in prison, 24 months of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment fee.
On March 1, 2019, Rahim Mahboob was sentenced in U.S. District Court, Sacramento, California, to 27 months’ incarceration, a $58,500 fine, and a $200 special assessment fee for his role in a fraudulent commercial driver’s license (CDL) scheme. On November 19, 2018, Mahboob pleaded guilty to conspiring to commit bribery, identity fraud, and unauthorized access to a computer, and a separate count of fraud involving identification documents.
On September 14, 2018, Damanpreet Singh was sentenced in U.S. District Court, Sacramento, California, after pleading guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit bribery. Damanpreet was sentenced to 24 months’ incarceration, 36 months’ supervised release, and a $100 special assessment fee.
On November 9 and November 16, 2017, respectively, the U.S. District Court, Sacramento, California, issued one information and three indictments related to a conspiracy to produce or obtain fraudulent commercial driver’s licenses (CDL). The following individuals were charged: Donald Freeman, Jr., Juan Arturo Arroyo Gomez, and Shawana Denise Harris; Jagpal Singh, Jagdish Singh, Tajinder Singh, and Parminder Singh; Ruvila Lima and Poya Khanjan; and Rahim Mahboob. Coconspirators Lisa Terraciano and Kari Scattaglia pleaded guilty on November 1, 2017.
August 19, 2019
Two California Men Sentenced to Prison for Fraudulent CDL Scheme
On August 1, 2019, in U.S. District Court, Sacramento, California, Donald Freeman and Juan Arturo Arroyo Gomez received prison sentences related to their participation a scheme to alter commercial driver’s license (CDL) test scores. Freeman was sentenced to 37 months; Arroyo Gomez was sentenced to 12 months. Each defendant also received 2 years of supervised release and were ordered to pay a $100 special assessment. In December 2017, the two men pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit bribery, identity fraud, and unauthorized access to a computer.
July 29, 2019
FMCSA Suspends Pennsylvania Doctor for Falsifying DOT Medical Examination
On July 7, 2019, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration suspended Dr. Michael A. McCormick from participation in Federal procurement and nonprocurement programs, and proposed his debarment. A former DOT-certified medical examiner, McCormick previously pleaded guilty to making a false statement. On June 5, 2019, he was sentenced in U.S. District Court, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to 3 years’ probation, a $1,000 fine, and a $100 special assessment.
July 8, 2019
Rhode Island Trucking Company Owners Plead Guilty To Falsifying Safety Records
On June 28, 2019, Leslie Cucino and Robert Cucino, Jr., pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court, District of Rhode Island, to violating Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) regulations. The couple was indicted by a grand jury in April 2018 and charged via information on June 17, 2019.
June 18, 2019
Trucking Company Ordered To Pay $3 Million Dollar Fine
On June 10, 2019, Wiley Sanders Truck Lines, Inc. (Wiley Sanders), was sentenced in U.S. District Court, Los Angeles, California, to 3 years’ probation and over $3 million in penalties—specifically, a $1.5 million fine; a $1.5 million community service payment to the Exide Residential Assistance Fund; and a special assessment of $1,200.