June 26, 2017
Arizona Motor Carrier Border Inspector Sentenced on Fraud Charges
On June 26, 2017, Claudio Estrada, border inspector, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), pleaded guilty and was sentenced on a misdemeanor fraud charge in U.S. District Court, Tucson, Arizona.
The investigation revealed that in 2012 Estrada accepted $1,000 from a man he suspected was a drug trafficker and in exchange provided assistance with illegal smuggling operations through the Naco, Arizona, port of entry. On July 28, 2016, Estrada was arrested for accepting the bribe.
His sentence required that he resign from FMCSA and affirm he would never seek employment with DOT or any other Federal agency with operations at the U.S. international border. Additionally, Estrada was fined $1,000.
DOT-OIG conducted this investigation jointly with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).