May 25, 2017
President of Virginia Vehicle Inspection Company Pleads Guilty To Making False Statements
On May 25, 2017, Carol “Casey” Smith, president and chief surveyor of Martin Enterprises, Inc. (MEI), pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court, Bridgeport, CT, to knowingly and willfully making and causing to make a false, fictitious, and fraudulent material statement and representation.
MEI had been contracted to complete the annual inspection of a company’s fleet of under-bridge inspection (UBI) vehicles. Smith verified in writing on a form designated MEI-71, “Certificate of Unit Test/Examination of Material Handling Device,” that he examined the UBI vehicles and that they met the requirements of the American National Standard Institute (ANSI). Smith knew the certificates of inspection and annual stickers were false because he had not inspected any UBI vehicles and did not know whether they met ANSI standards. The UBI vehicles were contracted under Federal aid bridge-inspection contracts in the State of Connecticut.
DOT-OIG conducted this investigation jointly with the Department of Labor-OIG.