September 19, 2016
Pennsylvania Trucking Owner Pleads Guilty to Charges Relating To Reincarnating After Being Placed Out of Service
On September 19, 2016, Volodymyr Kurylo, owner of VN Trucking, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to charges relating to reincarnating after being placed out of service by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). Specifically, Kurylo was charged with the use of a facility in interstate commerce to promote an unlawful activity. He admitted that he knowingly and intentionally caused the transmission of a registration document to FMCSA in the name of a reincarnated carrier with the intent to distribute the proceeds of an unlawful activity.
In December 2014, FMCSA issued an unsatisfactory safety rating to VN Trucking and ultimately ordered the company to cease all transportation in interstate and intrastate commerce. Kurylo, with others, reincarnated VN Trucking as AV Trinity and in March 2015, FMCSA issued an Operations Out-of-Service Order and Record Consolidation Order to VN Trucking and AV Trinity. FMCSA ultimately ordered VN Trucking and AV Trinity to cease all motor carrier operations.
The investigation revealed that Kurylo continued to dispatch VN trucks and drivers to transport property. He also used a VN Trucking bank account to receive proceeds of its operations and pay its expenses, using other motor carriers to conceal VN’s operations. He maintained related records and conducted the business of VN Trucking at its offices in Bensalem, Pennsylvania.
DOT-OIG conducted this investigation with the Federal Bureau of Investigation and with assistance from FMCSA.