A New Jersey man has been sentenced in the U.S District Court in Newark after pleading guilty to impersonating a federal motor carrier inspector. Hugo Daniel Solana was sentenced to one year of probation and ordered to pay a $100 special assessment and a $500 fine for his offense.
Solana, owner of the Union, N.J. based consulting firm Redsol Safety Corporation, appeared at several trucking firms in the Newark area, where he flashed a gold badge and identified himself as an inspector. He would then produce a business card bearing the United States Department of Transportation seal, according to the DOT’s Office of Inspector General. Solana would then threaten to arrest people at the trucking companies for perceived violations, and would later return to advise the victim companies that they could hire Redsol Safety to resolve the issue.
Solana was caught when he identified himself as an inspector and produced his gold badge during an interview with a DOT-OIG case agent. He was arrested later by DOT-OIG agents, and his fraudulent badge confiscated.
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