Crime & Fraud

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November 18, 2014

Two Fleets Accuse Pilot Flying J CEO of Fraud over Fuel Rebates

A federal lawsuit against truckstop chain Pilot Flying J has been amended, accusing the company's top executive of directing an alleged fuel rebate scheme.

November 14, 2014

Three Plead Guilty in Separate Household Goods Moving Cases

Two men pleaded guilty to charges on Nov. 10 in federal court in Philadelphia for conspiracy to commit extortion and aiding and abetting for their role in a household goods moving scheme.

November 6, 2014

Georgia Man Violated Out-of-Service Order

A Georgia man has been sentenced by a federal judge to 12 months probation after pleading guilty early this year to violating a Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration out-of-service order.

October 14, 2014

Man Pleads Guilty To Paying Bribes for Freight Business

A former driver for a national trucking company pleaded guilty last week to charges, admitting he bribed employees in the Traffic Office at the Marine Corps Logistics Base in Albany, Georgia in order to obtain lucrative freight hauling business for a period of six years.

September 29, 2014

Three Indicted in Trucking Fraud Scheme in Kentucky

A federal grand jury in Kentucky had indicted three people with various trucking companies on charges they attempted to defraud customers.

September 26, 2014

Former Pilot Flying J President Target of Criminal Probe

A one-time top lieutenant with truckstop chain Pilot Flying J has been named a target of an investigation that the company bilked trucking customers out of money from rebates in order to inflate company profits.

September 25, 2014

Former Prime Employee Sentenced to Prison in Theft Scheme

Travis E. Honaker received a sentence from a federal judge in Missouri of three years and one month in federal prison without parole and was ordered to pay $945,200 in restitution earlier this month.

September 24, 2014

Trucking Company Comptroller Sentenced in Multi-Million Dollar Theft

The former comptroller for a Missouri carrier has been sentenced after being convicted for stealing $4.9 million from his employer.

September 4, 2014

Florida Woman Indicted Over Trucking Tax Fraud Charges

The owner of a company that provided assistance to truck owners in filing their paperwork and paying taxes has been indicted on several charges, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Florida.

August 21, 2014

Carriers, Brokers Warned About Identity Fraud Scam

The fraudulent employers promise to reimburse the “shipping assistants”, but no money is ever reimbursed. When questioned, the scammers claim to be affiliated with the brokers or carriers whose identities and logos they have hijacked for that purpose.

August 14, 2014

FMCSA Employee Sentenced to Prison over Phony Tax Returns

A former financial management specialist with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration was sentenced to prison late last month in U.S. District Court, Baltimore, Maryland.

August 4, 2014

Pilot Flying J Lawsuits Ordered to Mediation

A federal judge has ordered mediation for a half-dozen lawsuits by trucking companies remaining against the truckstop chain Pilot Flying J.

July 22, 2014

FMCSA Warning Carriers About Fraud Schemes

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is warning carriers to be on the lookout for new fraud schemes as thieves try to get financial or banking information.

July 22, 2014

Analyst Questions Filing Charges Against FedEx Over Drug Shipments

Why is the government filing charges against parcel delivery and trucking giant FedEx? That is the key question said the investment firm Stifel in a note to investors following FedEx disclosing last week it had been indicted by the federal government for allegedly engaging in unlawful distribution of controlled substances.

July 15, 2014

Trucking Company Owner Pleads Guilty to Cargo Theft Scheme

A Memphis, Tenn., business owner pleaded guilty in federal court in Springfield, Mo. on Monday to his role in a cargo theft scheme that included a theft in West Plains, Mo.

July 14, 2014

Pilot Flying J Reaches $92 Million Settlement With Feds

Truckstop chain Pilot Flying J has struck a deal with federal prosecutors to avoid criminal prosecution over allegations it cheated fleets out of fuel rebates, but the agreement does not mean individuals are off the hook.

June 26, 2014

Auditors OK Amounts Pilot Flying J Paying Back Customers

Auditors have signed off on truckstop chain Pilot Flying J's math in determining whether it correctly calculated what it owed trucking company customers in a fuel rebate program that has been the focal point of a federal investigation.

May 30, 2014

Pilot Flying J Sacks Sales Executive in Wake of Probe

The departures continue to add up at the embattled truckstop chain Pilot Flying J, with the latest involving a key sales figure, according to published reports.

May 29, 2014

Woman Indicted in $42 Million Freight Payment Scheme

The owner of a group of freight auditing and payment businesses surrendered Wednesday to authorities to face charges she operated them as a multimillion-dollar Ponzi scheme..

May 28, 2014

N.Y. Man Sentenced in $1.7 Million Trucking Skimming Scheme

A New York man was sentenced to three years in prison on Wednesday and ordered to pay more than $1.5 million in restitution for his role in a conspiracy that skimmed more than $1.7 million from trucking companies.

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