Texas trucking company owner found guilty on bribery, conspiracy charges

| 7/13/2005

The owner of a Texas trucking company has been convicted of 97 counts of bribery, money laundering and conspiracy.

Joe Mack Pool, owner of Machinery Transport Inc. of Henderson, TX, admitted before a federal jury that he and Billy Eastland, a dispatcher for his company, had paid thousands of dollars in exchange for faster permit processing with the state, but denied that the money was a bribe.

A mistrial was declared in Eastland’s case after it was found that some jurors disagreed with an original guilty verdict the jury had given.

The case brings to a close a federal case that has been ongoing since 1998. Eight people have been indicted for a combined total of 625 counts of crimes, including conspiracy, bribery, money laundering, witness tampering and aiding and abetting, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported.