FMCSA border inspector in TX indicted for taking bribes

| 6/21/2011

A Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration enforcement officer has been indicted for accepting bribes in exchange for Level 1 CVSA decals.

The decals, issued by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance, signal to other law enforcement officers that a commercial motor vehicle has passed a roadside inspection.

Eric Hernandez, an FMCSA Motor Carrier Safety Specialist who worked at the agency’s Laredo, TX, office allegedly sold the stickers to truck drivers.

The alleged crime was originally reported to the Texas Department of Public Safety, which started the investigation and obtained video footage of at least one decal sale. FMCSA and the DOT Office of Inspector General are also investigating.

Additional details of the investigation have not been disclosed. The indictment has been sealed, according to court records.

Federal Magistrate Judge Guillermo Garcia set Hernandez’ bond at $50,000. The maximum penalty for a felony bribery count is 15 years in prison and/or a $250,000 fine.

Hernandez has been placed on administrative leave, according to FMCSA.