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Georgia Couple Sentenced In Conspiracy to Violate FMCSA Hazardous Materials Regulations

On May 31, 2011, Thomas Watson and Cathy Watson, principal operators of the now dissolved TomCat Trucking, Inc. (TomCat Trucking) were sentenced in U.S. District Court, Macon, Georgia, for conspiring to violate  Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's (FMCSA's) Hazardous Materials Regulations.  Both Mr. and Mrs. Watson each received a sentence of 3 years probation, fined $5000 and ordered to pay a $100 special assessment fee.

In January 2009, following a FMCSA safety compliance review, TomCat Trucking was issued an Out of Service Order which included the revocation of their certificate/registration to operate.  The investigation revealed that between January and July 2009, the Watsons transported numerous loads of placardable quantities of hazardous materials including ammonium nitrate and Telone II, a flammable and toxic pesticide.

This investigation was conducted with assistance from the FMCSA.