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Massachusetts Man Charged and Convicted for Illegally Operating Transportation Service

On January 29, 2016, Wilking A. Mateo Santana, of Springfield, MA, was charged and pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court, Springfield, to 12 counts of illegally operating a transportation service in violation of Federal motor carrier safety laws.

Santana employed drivers and operated a van service between Springfield and New York City under the names of Santana Xpress, Inc. and Santana Busline. These companies were regulated by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). In 2012, FMCSA ordered Santana to stop operating the transportation service after inspections uncovered numerous safety violations. The information alleges that in 2012 and 2013, he continued to operate the van service after having been determined to be unfit to operate safely.