Michael Chaves Sentenced for Multiple Crimes

Michael Chaves Sentenced for Multiple Crimes

Auto Transport Company Owner, Michael Chaves Sentenced for Falsifying Motor Carrier Safety Records, Fraud, ID Theft, Tax Evasion

PROVIDENCE (STL.News) The owner of an East Providence automobile transport company has been sentenced to 30 months in federal prison for falsifying U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) – Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) records, utilizing another person’s personal identifying information to continue to illegally operate his auto hauling business after being ordered to shut down, fraudulently obtaining more than $400,000 from various financial institutions, and taking evasive steps to avoid paying personal income taxes owed to the IRS.

According to information presented to the court, Michael Chaves, 41, owner of CAT Inc., continued to operate a fleet of auto transport trucks after having been cited for, among other things, allowing drivers to operate without a current or properly classified license; failing to maintain certifications that drivers were medically able to drive; failing to implement a driver alcohol or controlled substances testing program; and allowing drivers to exceed the maximum number of hours of driving allowed under the law.

Chaves utilized another person’s personal identifying information to continue to illegally operate the business after FMCSA ordered the business shutdown.

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