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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Massachusetts

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, September 26, 2013

Worcester Businessman Charged With Attempted Bribery

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BOSTON – A Worcester man was charged today in U.S. District Court in Worcester with trying to bribe a federal safety investigator in order to avoid negative findings on a safety review of his motor carrier company.

Irfan Dushku, 43, was charged in a one-count Information with bribery of a public official.

The Information alleges that Dushku paid $1,000 to a Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) Safety Investigator in May 2013 to influence the safety investigator to produce a false compliance review of Dushku’s motor carrier company, Korca Enterprises, Inc.

The FMCSA is a separate administration within the United States Department of Transportation. The responsibilities of the FMCSA include the development and enforcement of federal regulations that promote motor carrier safety, and the establishment of safe operating requirements for commercial drivers, carriers, vehicles and vehicle equipment.

If convicted, Dushku faces a maximum sentence of 15 years in prison, three years of supervised release and a fine equal to the greater of $250,000 or three times the value of the bribe.

United States Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz and Theodore L. Doherty, III, Special Agent in Charge of the U.S. Department of Transportation, Office of Inspector General, Office of Investigations made the announcement today. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Kristina E. Barclay of Ortiz’s Public Corruption and Special Prosecutions Unit.

The details contained in the Information are allegations. The defendant is presumed to be innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.