May 22, 2018
FMCSA Debars Former Bus Company Safety Manager
On May 22, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) debarred Yu Hua “Samantha” Mei of Brooklyn, New York, for a period of 5 years. She had been the safety manager at multiple commercial passenger bus companies.
In March 2016, a Federal grand jury charged Mei and 13 other individuals with multi-State conspiracy, mail fraud, and wire fraud for fraudulently operating commercial bus companies. The defendants formed, controlled, managed, and operated numerous companies—including All-State Travel Bus, Asia Tours, Apex Bus, New Egg Bus, and Universe Bus—and routinely falsified FMCSA Motor Carrier Identification Reports (MCS-150) and applications for FMCSA operating authority (OP-1). These activities concealed who operated the companies and that the buses were not safe. Mei pleaded guilty to conspiracy charges in August 2017, and admitted that she and others incorporated their companies in Pennsylvania and falsely represented that the companies were headquartered, maintained, and garaged there as well.
DOT-OIG is working on this investigation with the Department of Homeland Security Homeland Security Investigations and the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office. FMCSA provided substantial assistance.
Note: Exclusion actions (suspensions and debarments) are frequently for a specific period of time, and the System for Award Management (Sam.gov) should be consulted to find whether a company is currently excluded.