Operator of Charter Bus Company Sentenced for Bribing a Federal Safety Inspector
On May 26, 2020, the U.S. District Court for Massachusetts sentenced Yat Kuen “Andy” Chan (Chan), a consultant for L&W Travel Inc. (L&W), a passenger bus charter company, to 8 months’ home confinement, 24 months’ probation, and a $300 assessment fee.
On October 8, 2019, Chan pleaded guilty to conspiracy to pay and bribe a public official. Chan conspired to bribe a Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) safety investigator to influence a compliance review and safety audit of L&W in July and August 2018. Specifically, Chan paid the safety investigator $2,800 so that, despite at least two safety violations, all of L&W’s buses would remain in service. Chan also wanted to ensure that L&W was not subject to significant fines despite multiple other DOT safety violations.
DOT-OIG conducted this investigation jointly with FBI, with assistance from FMCSA.