Two motor carriers and their owners have been indicted in U.S. District Court in Birmingham, AL, in an apparent chameleon carrier scheme.
According to a news release from the U.S. Department of Transportation Office of Inspector General, FMCSA conducted a compliance review of IDM Transportation in December 2010. During the review, several serious safety regulation violations were discovered. And in June 2011, FMCSA issued the company an Operations Out-of-Service Order.
The order prevented IDM from operating and stated the company couldn’t operate through another company.
In May 2011, however, IDM Transportation owner Isaac McWilliams applied for motor carrier authority for BM&L Trucking. On the form, McWilliams allegedly failed to disclose his involvement with IDM. McWilliams also falsely certified that he “did not have, nor did he ever have any relationship with any other FMCSA-regulated entity in the past three years,” the release says.
In May 2012, FMCSA completed an investigation of BM&L Trucking and found “widespread serious safety violations” similar to violations found at IDM. FMCSA issued an Imminent Hazard Out-of-Service Order to BM&L, IDM and to Isaac and Heronda McWilliams.
“In spite of this May 2012 imminent hazard order, our investigation found that BM&L and the McWilliamses continued to operate commercial motor vehicles in commerce,” the OIG Office said.
The investigation was handled with assistance from FMCSA and the Alabama Department of Public Safety.
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