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Former President of Virginia Vehicle Inspection Company Debarred

On May 26, 2023, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) debarred Carol “Casey” Smith, former president and chief surveyor of Martin Enterprises, Inc., (MEI) for a period of 5 years retroactive from Smith’s date of suspension, June 1, 2018. On March 25, 2022, the U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut sentenced Smith to a $1,000 fine and a $10 special assessment. On November 18, 2021, Smith pleaded guilty to knowingly and willfully making and causing to make a false, fictitious, and fraudulent statement and aiding and abetting a false statement, representation, and certification to the United States Occupational Safety and Health Administration.
 
MEI contracted to complete the annual inspection of McClain & Co, Inc.'s fleet of under-bridge inspection (UBI) vehicles. Smith verified in writing on a form designated MEI-71, “Certificate of Unit Test/Examination of Material Handling Device,” that the UBI vehicles had been examined and met the requirements of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). Smith then granted false certificates of inspection and annual stickers to these vehicles even though Smith had not inspected any UBI vehicles and did not know whether they met ANSI standards.
 
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