Florida Inspector Sentenced for Conducting Fraudulent Commercial Motor Vehicle Safety Inspection
On February 15, Jose Miguel Basto (alkla Joe Basto), a third–party commercial motor vehicle safety inspector in Hialeah, FL, was sentenced in U.S. District Court in Miami to ten months home confinement (with electronic monitoring) and three years probation for making material false statements. Basto pled guilty in December 2005 to making false statements in connection with unlawfully providing an annual inspection report and decal for a commercial motor vehicle (used for transporting flammable liquids). Periodic inspections of commercial motor vehicles help to protect the safety of the traveling public. As a specific condition of probation, Basto is prohibited from being involved in any truck inspections within the jurisdiction of the State of Florida and the U.S.
Department of Transportation. This case was jointly investigated with FMCSA and the Florida Department of Transportation who will continue to pursue potential reinspections of other vehicles which Basto has inspected.