Bus owner gets probation for bribing federal safety official


BOSTON (AP) — The owner of a Massachusetts-based charter bus company who pleaded guilty to bribing a federal safety inspector was sentenced this week to probation, federal prosecutors said Thursday.

Le Wen Wu, 51, of Brooklyn, New York, was sentenced Tuesday in federal court in Boston to two years of probation, the first year of which must be served in home confinement, the U.S. attorney’s office in Boston announced.

Wu and another official with L&W Travel Inc., Yat Kuen Chan, pleaded guilty last October to bribery of a public official charges.

L&W in January 2018 applied to register as a charter bus company with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, prosecutors said.

Wu and Chan gave a total of $2,800 in cash to an FMCSA safety investigator, authorities said. One $600 bribe was given so the inspector would not place an L&W bus out of service based on inadequate brakes and a defective emergency exit door.

Chan was previously sentenced.

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