A former Texas Department of Public Safety officer who took bribes in exchange for clean CMV inspections has been sentenced to 15 months in federal prison.
Earlier this year, the owner of the company who bribed him pled guilty for his role in the fraud. The trooper, Kevin Cauley, would issue safety decals after claiming to have performed Roadside Level I Safety Inspections. In fact, at least 39 “inspections” took place on company property. The company passed every single one and was given safety decals for over 30 different trucks.
The fraud was discovered after a joint investigation into the carrier by the DOT Office of the Inspector General, the FBI, the Texas DPS Texas Rangers Division, and the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
Earlier this year the owner of the carrier, Cruz and Sons Transportation, pled guilty to bribing Cauley and admitted to approaching Cauley in July of 2014 to offer to pay him for each clean inspection. In a little over a year, Cruz and Sons paid Cauley at least $4,000.
Both Cruz and Cauley pled guilty to one count of honest services wire fraud. Cauley has been sentenced to 15 months in federal prison while Cruz is still awaiting sentencing.