September 2, 2020
Operator of Charter Bus Company Suspended
On September 2, 2020, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) suspended Le Wen Wu, the owner and sole corporate officer of L&W Travel Inc. (L&W), a passenger bus charter company, and proposed his debarment.
On October 8, 2019, Wu pleaded guilty to conspiracy to pay and bribe a public official. Specifically, he paid a FMCSA safety investigator $2,800 to influence a compliance review and safety audit of L&W in July and August 2018. He wanted to ensure that L&W’s buses would remain in service and that the company would not be subject to significant fines despite multiple safety violations.
DOT-OIG conducted this investigation jointly with Federal Bureau of Investigation, with assistance from FMCSA.
Note: Exclusion actions (suspensions and debarments) are frequently for a specific period of time, and GSA’s System for Award Management should be consulted to find out whether a company is currently excluded.