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Rhode Island Trucking Company Owner Sentenced for Falsifying FMCSA Documents

On March 10, 2021, the U.S. District Court for Rhode Island sentenced Michael Chaves, owner of CAT Transportation Inc., to 30 months of incarceration, 3 years of supervised release, and a $1,000 special assessment. Chaves falsified Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) registration documents using the identification of another individual without the individual’s knowledge to show no affiliation with another company that was under a Federal out-of-service order. Chaves also generated false documents to show compliance with FMCSA rules and regulations.
DOT-OIG conducted this investigation with the Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigation Division, with the assistance of FMCSA.