On June 12, 2023, former Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) Border Investigator Patrick Gorena was convicted and sentenced for extortion in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas. Gorena was sentenced to 10 months of incarceration, 36 months of supervised release, a $5,000 fine, and a $100 special assessment.
Gorena pleaded guilty to extortion and admitted to soliciting a bribe from a trucking company and accepted a bribe payment during a meeting with an undercover law enforcement agent. In exchange, Gorena agreed to provide a favorable safety audit report that would allow the carrier to avoid fines and retain its authority to operate.
DOT-OIG conducted this investigation with the FBI.