IBJNews

Local air-freight operator fined $1M for security violation

Back to TopCommentsE-mailPrintBookmark and Share

OHL Solutions Inc. will pay a $1 million fine for shirking its duty to screen for explosives cargo bound for passenger planes at Indianapolis International Airport, U.S. Attorney Joe Hogsett announced Wednesday morning.

New York-based OHL, formerly doing business as ActivAir Inc., agreed to the fine and other remedial steps after a lengthy investigation by the Transportation Security Administration, Hogsett’s office said in a prepared statement. The investigation covered activities prior to December 2010.

Hogsett said the case represents the largest fine ever assessed by TSA against a cargo entity for intentionally violating security requirements.

“When it comes to national security, there is no room for error, and we have no tolerance for shortcuts,” Hogsett said. “This record-setting fine, and the important corrective actions taken by the company, underscore our dedication to ensuring the safety of all those who travel through America’s airports.”

The U.S. Attorney’s office alleged that prior to December 2010, employees working for OHL in Indianapolis engaged in a systemic pattern of record-keeping violations. They failed to properly screen 100 percent of air cargo for explosives, as required by their security program, Hogsett alleged. Then, they continued to certify that air cargo, which was later shipped on passenger planes, had been screened, he alleged.

As a result of the TSA investigation, three Indianapolis residents: Andrew Barnes, 32, Brian Vanhandel, 31, and Mitchell Totty, 26, have each agreed to plead guilty to a charge of conspiracy to commit federal reporting and recordkeeping violations.

Barnes, Vanhandel and Totty each face a maximum of five years in prison and $250,000 fine, according to Assistant U.S. Attorney Cynthia J. Ridgeway, who is prosecuting the case for the government. An initial hearing will be scheduled before a U.S. Magistrate Judge in the near future.

The violations are based on the federal recommendations of the 9/11 Commission Act, Hogsett said. This law requires that 100 percent of all cargo transported on passenger aircraft be screened for explosives.

“ActivAir has acknowledged the serious nature of the misconduct that occurred in its Indianapolis branch office, offered its complete cooperation in connection with the TSA investigation, and accepted full responsibility for the actions of its employees,” said Frank Eichler, vice president and general counsel for OHL, in a prepared statement.  “ActivAir’s management recognizes the importance of TSA security measures and has taken decisive action to prevent the recurrence of the compliance failures discovered at its Indianapolis branch office.”

ADVERTISEMENT

  • My sympathies to the company and its 3 employees
    What a laugh! Those three guys ought to "work" for TSA directly -- they'd be looking at neither fines nor jail b/c the TSA would defend them vociferously and assure us they "followed procedure" just as it does when its goons strip-search old ladies or steal from passengers.

    Companies collaborating w/ the TSA ought to take a long, hard look at what happened here and realize they could be the next ones TSA robs of a million bucks. And employees, ditto: do you really want to run the risk of jail and bankruptcy b/c your job subjects you to oversight from the thugs at the TSA?

Post a comment to this story

COMMENTS POLICY
We reserve the right to remove any post that we feel is obscene, profane, vulgar, racist, sexually explicit, abusive, or hateful.
 
You are legally responsible for what you post and your anonymity is not guaranteed.
 
Posts that insult, defame, threaten, harass or abuse other readers or people mentioned in IBJ editorial content are also subject to removal. Please respect the privacy of individuals and refrain from posting personal information.
 
No solicitations, spamming or advertisements are allowed. Readers may post links to other informational websites that are relevant to the topic at hand, but please do not link to objectionable material.
 
We may remove messages that are unrelated to the topic, encourage illegal activity, use all capital letters or are unreadable.
 

Messages that are flagged by readers as objectionable will be reviewed and may or may not be removed. Please do not flag a post simply because you disagree with it.

Sponsored by
ADVERTISEMENT

facebook - twitter on Facebook & Twitter

Follow on TwitterFollow IBJ on Facebook:
Follow on TwitterFollow IBJ's Tweets on these topics:
 
Subscribe to IBJ
  1. Great article and post scripts by Mike L (Great addition to IBJ BTW). Bobby's stubborn as a mule, and doubt if he ever comes back to IU. But the love he would receive would be enormous. Hope he shows some time, but not counting on it.

  2. When the Indiana GOP was going around the State selling the Voucher bill they were promising people that the vouchers would only be for public charter schools. They lied. As usual.

  3. I am Mr. Morris Ray, a Legitimate And a Reputable money Lender. We lend funds out to individuals in need of financial assistance, we give loan to people that have a bad credit or in need of money to pay bills, to invest on business. Have you been looking for loan? you have not to worry, because you are in the right place i offer loan at low interest rate of 2% so if you are in need of a loan i want you to just contact me via this email Address: morris_ray123@outlook.com

  4. Jim, your "misleading" numbers comment is spot on. This is the spin these posers are putting on it. News flash, fans: these guys lie. They are not publicly traded so no one holds them accountable for anything they say. The TV numbers are so miniscule to begin with any "increase" produces double digit "growth" numbers. It's ridiculous to think that anything these guys have done has awakened the marketplace. What have they done? Consolidate the season so they run more races on consecutive weekends? And this creates "momentum." Is that the same momentum you enjoy when you don't race between August and March? Keep in mind that you are running teams who barely make ends meet ragged over the summer to accomplish this brilliant strategy of avoiding the NFL while you run your season finale at midnight on the East Coast. But I should not obfuscate my own point: any "ratings increase" is exactly what Jim points to - the increased availability of NBC Sports in households. Look fans, I love the sport to but these posers are running it off a cliff. Miles wants to declare victory and then run for Mayor. I could go on and on but bottom line for God's sake don't believe a word they say. Note to Anthony - try doing just a little research instead of reporting what these pretenders say and then offering an "opinion" no more informed than the average fan.

  5. If he's finally planning to do the right thing and resign, why not do it before the election? Waiting until after means what - s special election at tax payer expense? Appointment (by whom?) thus robbing the voters of their chance to choose? Does he accrue some additional financial advantage to waiting, like extra pension payments? What's in it for him? That's the question that needs to be asked.

ADVERTISEMENT