False application leads to ‘out of service’ order

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) announced Tuesday Dec. 1 the indictment of a Louisiana woman for falsifying her application for an operating authority.

On Nov. 18, Pamela Parker was indicted in U.S. District Court, Shreveport, La., for making a false statement to the FMCSA.

During a compliance review of Parker Trucking in May of 2013, FMCSA inspectors found multiple violations of the FMCSA regulations. As a result, in August of 2013, FMCSA inspectors issued an “unsatisfactory” safety rating, and later issued an out-of-service order for Parker Trucking.

The FMCSA said the investigation disclosed Parker allegedly attempted to circumvent the out-of-service order and reincarnate her company under a new USDOT number and operating authority. In September of 2013, Parker allegedly made a false statement on an application for a motor carrier and broker authority when she falsely represented that she did not have a relationship with any other FMCSA regulated entity within the past three years, which the FMCSA said she knew was false.

The FMCSA added that indictments, informations and criminal complaints are “… only accusations by the government. All defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.”