Federal authorities found hundreds of instances of falsified records
and other "suspicious activities" following a review of
trucking companies and terminals since September 11, 2001.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMSCA), which
conducted the security review, said it referred 126 cases to the
FBI for further investigation after compiling 280 incidents nationwide
that FMSCA Administrator Joe Clapp characterized as suspicious.
FMSCA spokeswoman Suzy Bohnert told Land Line the security review
was completed March 31. "Truckers and carriers are still calling
us with information about suspicious behavior," she said. In
addition to falsified personnel documents, authorities checked what
Clapp described as suspicious inquiries, inappropriate comments
and citizenship irregularities.
Authorities examined trucks, checked driving records and inspected
terminals and trucking schools. The review followed anti-terrorism
legislation calling for background checks of drivers who transport