May 14, 2019
Three Pennsylvania Bus Company Operators Ordered To Forfeit $1.7 Million
On May 14, 2019, three commercial bus operators were sentenced in U.S. District Court, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, after pleading guilty to fraudulently operating multiple bus companies along the East Coast. Wei Ming He, former president and/or shareholder of multiple bus companies, was sentenced to 12 months’ probation, $24,100 in fines and special assessments, and to forfeit $1,492,633. Ming Di Yu, former president of All-State Travel Bus, was sentenced to 12 months’ probation, $1,100 in fines and special assessments, and to forfeit $267,852. Shiao Wen Hsieh, an operations assistant for multiple bus companies, was sentenced to 2 days’ time served, 24 months’ supervised release, and a $100 special assessment. Each defendant pleaded guilty to conspiracy to defraud FMCSA.
In March 2016, He, Yu, Hsieh, and 11 other individuals were indicted by a Federal grand jury and charged with conspiracy, mail fraud, and wire fraud. The indictment alleged that the defendants conspired to form, control, manage, and operate numerous bus companies—including All-State Travel Bus, Asia Tours, Apex Bus, New Egg Bus, and Universe Bus—in multiple States and routinely falsified FMCSA Motor Carrier Identification Reports and applications for operating authority. These activities concealed the actual operators of the companies and that the buses were unsafe.
The investigation revealed that the defendants conspired to falsify FMCSA-regulated records related to bus safety, maintenance, and driver qualifications to impede Agency inspections and reviews. Specifically, they submitted false documents indicating the fraudulent companies had driver safety and training programs in place when they did not, and false records related to accident registers, hours of service, vehicle maintenance, drug and alcohol testing programs, and their previous company affiliations.
DOT-OIG conducted this investigation with the Department of Homeland Security, Homeland Security Investigations and the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office, with FMCSA’s assistance.