The owner of a Massachusetts-based trucking company has been charged with one count of bribery after allegedly offering a Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administrator investigator $1,000 to avoid a negative safety review.
Irfan Dushku, 60, owner of Korca Enterprises Inc., of Worcester, Mass., was charged with bribery of a public official in the U.S. District Court in Worcester on Sept. 26. An FMCSA investigator had reported that Dushku paid $1,000 “to produce a false FMCSA Compliance Review” of his company.
According to the FMCSA SAFER website, Korca Enterprises, which has six trucks and six drivers, still has operating authority.
During the past 24 months, Duane DeBruyne, FMSCA spokesman, said that Korca’s vehicles were subjected to 12 random roadside inspections.
"On seven occasions, safety violations so significant that they pose an imminent hazard to public safety were revealed and the vehicle was immediately placed out-of-service for a vehicle inspection out-of-service percentage of 58.3. The national average is 20.72 percent," DeBruyne said.
The company was in alert status in FMCSA's compliance measurement system, CSA, in two of the measurement categories called BASICs. In the Unsafe Driving BASIC Korca had an 80.8 percentile ranking and in the HOS Compliance BASIC the company had an 88.2 percentile ranking. Carriers are placed in alert status once they are ranked above the 65th percentile in both BASICs.
According to court documents, on Sept. 9 Dushku agreed to waive indictment and plead guilty to the bribery charge. In his plea agreement, the U.S. Attorney for the District of Massachusetts has recommended 12 months of probation, with the first six months to be served in home confinement, 24 months of supervised release, and a mandatory special assessment of $100.
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