Harrisburg, PA -Xiu Cheng Zheng (Ah Sen), former president and officer of multiple bus companies, was sentenced in U.S. District Court, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, to 10 months’ imprisonment, 12 months’ supervised release, $600 in fines and fees, and to forfeit $1,492,633.
Zheng, along with 13 others were charged with conspiracy, mail fraud, and wire fraud. The indictment alleged that the defendants conspired to form, control, manage, and operate numerous bus companies by falsifying Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) Motor Carrier Identification Reports and applications for operating authority.
Court records showed the defendants colluded to falsify FMCSA regulated records related to bus safety, maintenance, and driver qualifications. More specifically, they submitted false documents indicating the fraudulent companies had driver safety and training programs in place when they did not, and false records related to accident registers, hours of service, vehicle maintenance, drug and alcohol testing programs, and their previous company affiliations.
Zheng admitted that he falsely certified or omitted information on FMCSA documents causing unsafe buses to be operated by unqualified drivers.
Also, Wei Ming He, former president and/or shareholder of multiple bus companies, was sentenced to 12 months’ probation, $24,100 in fines and special assessments, and to forfeit $1,492,633.
Ming Di Yu, former president of All-State Travel Bus, was sentenced to 12 months’ probation, $1,100 in fines and special assessments, and to forfeit $267,852
Shiao Wen Hsieh, an operations assistant for multiple bus companies, was sentenced to 2 days’ time served, 24 months’ supervised release, and a $100 special assessment. Each defendant pleaded guilty to conspiracy to defraud FMCSA.
In a separate action, FMCSA debarred Yu Hua “Samantha” Mei of Brooklyn, New York, for a period of 5 years. She had been the safety manager at multiple commercial passenger bus companies.