Trucking Company Pays $2.38 Million to Resolve Allegations of Faking Compliance with Emissions Standards

  • California AG Rob Bonta reached a settlement with trucking company Complete Logistics Company, LLC (“CLC”) to resolve allegations that it falsely certified compliance with California emissions regulations to obtain state grants in violation of the California False Claims Act.
  • According to the AG’s office, CLC personnel falsely certified that it complied with state emissions standards to obtain $2.2 million in grants under the Goods Movement Emission Reduction Program, which incentivizes trucking companies to reduce emissions and invest in newer, cleaner trucks. The false certification was discovered through an audit by the California Air Resources Board (“CARB”), which is responsible for administering the incentive program.
  • Under the terms of the settlement agreement, CLC will pay approximately $2.38 million in restitution, of which 90% will be received by CARB and 10% by the AG’s office. Upon payment of the settlement amount, CLC will be eligible to apply for and receive future incentive funds from CARB programs.