November 19, 2019
Pennsylvania Bus Company Operator Sentenced
On November 19, 2019, Pau Hua Yu, a former president and/or shareholder of multiple commercial passenger bus companies, was sentenced in U.S. District Court, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, to 24 months’ probation, a $10,000 fine, a $100 assessment, and a forfeiture of $150,000. In February 2019, Yu pleaded guilty to conspiracy charges and admitted she made materially false statements on commercial motor carrier forms regulated by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA).
The investigation revealed that Yu and her co-defendants formed, controlled, managed, and operated numerous bus companies and routinely falsified FMCSA Motor Carrier Identification Reports and applications for operating authority. They concealed both the identities of the people who operated the companies and the unsafe condition of the buses. Additionally, the defendants falsified FMCSA-regulated records related to bus safety, maintenance, and driver qualifications to impede FMCSA inspections and reviews.
DOT-OIG conducted this investigation with HSI and the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office. FMCSA provided substantial assistance.