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California CDL fraud scheme results in 20 convictions

Trucking News and Briefings for Tuesday 22nd November 2022:

20 convicted in California’s CDL fraud scheme

US Attorney Phillip A. Talbert last week announced the completion of the prosecution of 20 defendants in a series of DMV corruption cases involving the issuance of hundreds of fraudulently obtained commercial driver’s licenses. The defendants were tried and charged in the Eastern District of California.

  • Charges against the defendants include:
  • Bribery of Public Officials
  • identity fraud
  • Unauthorized Access to Computers
  • conspiracies to commit these crimes

The accused included DMV employees who took bribes, truck school owners and affiliates who bribed them, and others involved in the conspiracies, according to a press release from the US Attorney’s Office. The criminal activities charged in these cases took place throughout California, including the Central Valley, the Los Angeles Basin and as far north as Eureka.

A statement from the US Attorney’s Office said the defendants “helped bring unqualified professional drivers onto the country’s freeways operating large commercial vehicles, even though those drivers failed the required written exams and driving tests.”

DMV staff are said to have accepted bribes to enter fraudulent test results for applicants who hadn’t even taken the tests or couldn’t pass them.

Various trucking schools in California were reportedly looking for corrupt DMV employees they could bribe to help failed or unskilled students get their commercial licenses anyway. Collectively, hundreds of fraudulent commercial driver’s licenses and licenses have been issued under these programs, threatening public safety, Talbert said.

All of the defendants charged in these cases have since been convicted and convicted, with the exception of one defendant who died before the trial. The sentences ranged from six months house arrest to five years in prison.

Mack appoints new president

Jonathan RandallJonathan Randall will become President of Mack Trucks North America effective December 1.Mack Trucks announced Monday that Jonathan Randall will serve as President of Mack Trucks North America effective December 1, reporting to Martin Weissburg, Mack Trucks Global President and Volvo Group North America Chairman.

Randall joined Mack in 2016 as Senior Vice President – North American Sales and most recently served as Senior Vice President – North American Sales and Commercial Operations. He brings more than 25 years of commercial vehicle experience to this role, with original equipment manufacturer (OEM) leadership roles in truck sales, product marketing, truck leasing, and aftermarket parts and service.

“Jonathan is a proven leader who is passionate about working with our dealers and customers to grow Mack’s business as we introduce new services and products to the North American market,” said Weissburg.

Randall, who has a bachelor’s degree from Colorado State University, will continue to be based at the company’s headquarters in Greensboro, North Carolina.

New York modifies HOS for domestic fuel transportation

The New York State Department of Transportation has changed the hours of operation regulations for truckers of certain fuels through November 30th.

The order, issued Nov. 16, cited a supply chain problem that was causing a shortage of petroleum products used for winter heating and transportation. The New York Code (17 NYCRR 820.6) operating hour regulations for domestic transportation of fuels are amended as follows:

  • The maximum duty time of 70 hours in 8 days will be changed to 84 hours
  • The maximum duty time of 60 hours in 7 days will be changed to 74 hours
  • The maximum working day is changed from 14 hours to 16 hours and an 8-hour non-working period must be taken to reset the 16-hour rule
  • The 34-hour restart determination is changed to 24 hours
  • Duty time for purposes of calculating the 60/70 or 14 hour rule does not include time waited in a CMV while on the premises of a hazardous materials shipper or carrier, loading/unloading point or a terminal is located immediately after or before loading/unloading operations

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