July 11, 2017
Ohio Commercial Motor Carrier Pleads Guilty To Operating Without Authority
On July 11, 2017, Enson Trading LLC, d.b.a. Eternal Food Service (EFS), pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court, Cincinnati, Ohio, to trucking safety violations and failing to report large cash transactions. EFS agreed to pay a criminal fine of $525,000 and a forfeiture of $215,012.55.
EFS, a wholesale food storage facility and commercial motor carrier based in Cincinnati, received $12,173.54 in cash from a customer in the course of business without filing the proper documentation with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). Furthermore, between June 2010 and July 2014, EFS conspired with at least five other motor carriers to seek new safety registrations in order to reincarnate and continue operations to avoid out-of-service orders issued by FMCSA.
DOT-OIG conducted this investigation with assistance from the IRS and FBI.