Trucking Company President and Trucking Company Sentenced for PHMSA Related Scheme
On February 1, 2010, JNE Trucking Company, Inc., and Jamie Meras, President of JNE Trucking, were sentenced in U.S. District Court for the Central District of California for making false statements and fraudulent reproduction of motor carrier records. JNE Trucking was sentenced to a $100,000 criminal fine, a $400 special assessment, and five years probation. Meras was sentenced to a $20,000 fine, a $100 special assessment, and five years probation.
The employees of JNE Trucking falsely represented to a Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) investigator that their driver had a copy of shipping papers in his possession during the shipment of hazardous materials, when in fact he did not. In assisting with this cover up, Meras emailed a fraudulent bill of lading to the PHMSA investigator indicating that the JNE Trucking driver had it in his possession at the time of shipment.
This DOT/OIG investigation was worked jointly with the assistance of PHMSA.