FMCSA Suspends Pennsylvania Bus Company Officials
On July 25, 2018, FMCSA suspended Amy Li and Qi Sheng Zhang from participation in Federal procurement and non-procurement programs. On February 13, 2018, and April 9, 2018, criminal informations were filed in U.S. District Court, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, charging Li and Zhang with conspiracy to defraud the United States. The charges were related to a scheme to reincarnate a carrier to evade enforcement of motor carrier safety regulations.
In May 2012, FMCSA issued imminent hazard orders (IHO) and a record consolidation order (RCO) to 4 individuals and 10 commercial passenger bus companies, including Li, Zhang, New Century Travel, and Super Luxury Tours (the affiliated motor carriers), ordering them to cease all commercial motor carrier operations. The IHOs stated that FMCSA had found that the affiliated motor carriers were under the common control and management of New Century Travel, Li, and Zhang, and the operations posed an imminent hazard to public safety. Prior to the IHOs and RCO, FMCSA placed individual components of the affiliated motor carriers out of service for safety violations. FMCSA placed Super Luxury Tours out of service after one of its buses crashed in March 2011, killing two people and injuring dozens.
In June 2013, FMCSA entered into an Agreement and Stipulated Order for Rescission (ASOR) of the IHOs and RCO in which the affiliated motor carriers stipulated and agreed that any subsequent motor carrier operations would be registered and conducted only under the name Black Leopard Travel. In October 2013, FMCSA conducted a mandatory compliance review of Bus Go Bus, a commercial motor carrier located in Massachusetts, and found serious noncompliance with safety regulations and that Zhang owned and controlled the company in violation of the ASOR.
The criminal informations allege that between June 2012 and September 2013, Li and Zhang operated Bus Go Bus, even though FMCSA orders prohibited them from doing so. To regain operating authority, they concealed their involvement with Bus Go Bus so they could continue commercial motor carrier operations while simultaneously feigning compliance with the FMCSA orders. The criminal informations also allege that in an application to FMCSA for motor passenger authority for Black Leopard Travel, Li and Zhang conspired to not disclose their affiliation with Bus Go Bus.
DOT-OIG is conducting this investigation with FMCSA's assistance.
Note: Exclusion actions (suspensions and debarments) are frequently for a specific period of time. The System for Award Management website (Sam.gov) should be consulted to determine whether a company is currently excluded.