January 11, 2022
Ohio Individual Pleads Guilty to Conspiracy, Theft, and Motor Coach Fraud
On January 11, 2022, Derrick L. Jones pleaded guilty in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio, to multiple charges of conspiracy, interstate transportation of a stolen vehicle, wire fraud, and other violations related to commercial motor vehicle safety regulations. The investigation revealed that from approximately 2003 to 2019, Jones conspired to steal charter buses, alter and disguise those buses, and then market, under a variety of purported “tour” company names, charter bus transportation service using the stolen buses. Jones did so without registering these charter transportation providers with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and without obtaining FMCSA operating authority.
DOT-OIG is conducting this investigation with FMCSA, Ohio State Highway Patrol, Michigan State Police, Goodlettsville Police Department, Toledo Police Department, Pontiac Police Department, City of Taylor Police Department, Erie Police Department, and Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department.