Former employee of VN Trucking pleads guilty in CDL fraud case

By Mark Schremmer, Land Line staff writer | Monday, May 02, 2016

A former employee of a Pennsylvania trucking company recently entered a guilty plea for his role in a CDL fraud case.

Vitalii Vitiuk pleaded guilty on April 21 at U.S. District Court in Philadelphia for conspiracy to unlawfully produce identification documents.

On March 23, a federal grand jury returned a superseding indictment alleging that from June 2014 through September 2015, Vitiuk and Volodymyr Kurylo conspired to unlawfully produce identification documents, including Pennsylvania CDL permits, CDLs, non-commercial learner’s permits and non-commercial driver’s licenses.

According to a Dec. 9, 2015, indictment, Kurylo and Vitiuk conspired to provide false residency documents to CDL students of VN Trucking who resided outside of Pennsylvania so that they could obtain a Pennsylvania non-commercial driver’s license as a precursor to acquiring a Pennsylvania CDL. Kurylo had operated VN Trucking since January 2011, and Vitiuk worked for Kurylo.

Land Line reported in December that the FBI conducted a raid of VN Trucking in Bensalem, Pa., on Dec. 15. Video footage showed officers confiscating computers and other items from the business.

VN Trucking was placed out of service by the FMCSA Eastern Service Regional Field Administrator in February for an unsatisfactory safety rating. In April, an Operations and Out of Service and Record Consolidation order became effective against AV Trinity, because it was considered a continuation of VN Trucking.

The Department of Transportation’s Office of Inspector General is conducting this ongoing investigation jointly with the FBI.

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