In San Antonio, Texas, a police officer has been arrested for allegedly taking bribes from a trucking company in return for giving it near-perfect scores on its safety inspections.
KENS-TVreports 15-year veteran Daniel Schmitt allegedly accepted nearly $8,000 in a one-year period from Texas Chrome Transport. Schmitt worked as part of a specialized unit targeting commercial vehicles. Officers in that unit perform routine safety inspections on trucks. San Antonio news outlets are reporting that Schmitt was given an indefinite suspension back in April after the police became suspicious of the trucking company’s unusually flawless inspection reports and began looking into allegations.
According to Bexar County court documents, Schmitt was indicted on bribery and booked on Monday, June 6. A defense attorney has been hired, and Schmitt is awaiting trial.
A second officer is accused with taking at least one payment from Schmitt in exchange for a giving a good inspection report to Texas Chrome Transport, a trucking company in Atascosa. ABC Channel 4 in San Antonio reported Johnny Diaz resigned from the force in January.
According to the U.S. DOT, the company has 67 trucks and 65 drivers and exclusively transports frac sand. The San Antonio Express-News reports Texas Chrome Transport is owned by Lorena Mendez, wife of Raul Mendez Jr. The newspaper reports that Raul Jr. expanded their father’s trucking company and founded Texas Chrome Shop with his brother Rolando. The Mendez family is featured on the Discovery Channel’s reality show called “Texas Trocas.”
No one from Texas Chrome Transport has been charged with any wrongdoing at this time.
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