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Former Buffalo FMCSA Supervisory Safety Inspector Charged in Bribery Investigation

On April 27, 2011, a criminal Information was filed in U.S. District Court, Western District of New York, charging former Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) supervisory safety inspector James Wood with bribery.  The one count Information also seeks forfeiture of $41,300.

Mr. Wood was arrested in January 2011, in connection with bribery allegations.   The Information alleges that Mr. Wood requested and accepted payments from Canadian safety consultants to:  (1) postpone safety audits of Canadian trucking companies; (2) to provide satisfactory ratings to Canadian trucking companies; and (3) provide FMCSA internal information to Canadian trucking safety consultants.  Subsequent to his arrest, Mr. Wood was removed from employment by FMCSA.

This case was conducted jointly with the FBI.

Note:  Indictments, informations, and criminal complaints are only accusations by the Government.  All defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.