Trucking company owner convicted of making false statements to FMCSA

Updated Jul 7, 2024
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U.S. Attorney Trini E. Ross announced last week that a federal jury convicted Tony Kirik, a/k/a Anatoliy Kirik of Rochester, New York, of making false statements to the Federal Motor Commission Safety Administration, U.S. Department of Transportation, and conspiring to do the same. The charges carry a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

Assistant U.S. Attorneys Richard A. Resnick and Melissa M. Marangola who handled the prosecution of the case, said Kirik operated a multiple million-dollar trucking business called Dallas Logistics. When applying to the FMCSA for authority to operate as an interstate carrier, Kirik submitted false documents regarding the safety rating of his trucking business. Further, when undergoing compliance reviews and safety audits by the FMSCA. Kirik provided false statements and information regarding the many safety violations incurred by his business.

According to a statement from the U.S. Attorney's office, to trick the FMSCA regarding the safety of this trucking business, Kirik started new companies using various family members’ names and an employee’s name to make it appear that these new companies were independent and not affiliated with the prior business that incurred the negative safety ratings, when in fact, the new company was merely an extension of the prior company. At trial, it was shown that Kirik’s actions jeopardized the safety of the nation’s highways and roadways from unsafe tractor-trailers.

The verdict is the result of an investigation by the Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation.

Sentencing is scheduled for October 28, 2024, before U.S. District Judge Charles J. Siragusa who presided over the trial.