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February 15, 2018 - Industry News

Three Former Employees Found Guilty in Pilot Flying J Fraud Trial

Three of the four former Pilot Flying J sales employees on trial for their roles in a fuel-rebate scam that defrauded trucking companies of millions of dollars have been found guilty.

Tags: Crime & Fraud, Pilot Flying J, Fraud, Trial

February 1, 2018 - Industry News

Pilot Flying J Fraud Trial Winds Down

In 2012, the FBI alleged that Pilot Flying J defrauded as many as 5,500 customers of more than $56 million in rebates which were owned but never paid. Photo: Jim Park

The trial of four former Pilot Flying J sales executives accused of defrauding trucking companies in a fuel rebate scam is coming to a close, with final arguments and deliberations scheduled for next week

Tags: Crime & Fraud, Truckstops, Pilot Flying J, Rebates, Trial

December 7, 2017 - Industry News

Defense: Code Words Prove that Fraud Was Secret at Pilot Flying J

The defense in the Pilot Flying J fuel rebate fraud trial has attacked the notion that wrongdoing was an open secret at the company, pointing to the frequent use of code words between members of the sales staff, according to a report in the Knoxville News Sentinel.

Tags: Crime & Fraud, Pilot Flying J, Trial

December 1, 2017 - Industry News

Former Mail Hauler Ordered to Pay $3 Million in Fraud Judgement

A Mount Crawford, Va.-based trucking company that hauled United States mail and its holding company have been ordered to pay more than 3 million in owed money and driver pay restitution for a fraud scheme that lasted for 18 years.

Tags: Hours of Service, USPS, Crime & Fraud, Driver Pay, Trial

November 28, 2017 - Industry News

Testimony: Fuel Rebate Fraud Was Open Secret at Pilot Flying J

In the ongoing trial of four former Pilot Flying J executives for their participation in a fuel rebate scam, recent witness testimony suggests a culture of openness existed about the fraud that appeared to be encouraged by top executives.

Tags: Crime & Fraud, Pilot Flying J, Trial

November 14, 2017 - Industry News

Emails Offer Glimpse Inside Pilot Flying J Fuel Rebate Scam

HDT file photo

In the early days of the Pilot Flying J Fuel Rebate Fraud trial, a former sales director’s testimony and emails have given jurors a look at the fraud operation from the inside.

Tags: Crime & Fraud, Pilot Flying J, Rebates, Trial, Truckstops

November 10, 2017 - Industry News

Former Pilot Flying J Employees Take the Stand in Fraud Trial

Former members of the Pilot Flying J sales staff took the stand this week to give testimony in the Pilot Flying J fraud case against four accused former executives of the company.

Tags: Crime & Fraud, Pilot Flying J, Trial

November 7, 2017 - Industry News

Pilot Flying J Fuel Rebate Trial Begins

HDT file photo

The trial of four former Pilot Flying J officials accused of fuel rebate fraud started this week. The prosecution and defense offered opening statements in a Tennessee courtroom, with prosecutors painting a picture of an alleged culture of deceit at the company.

Tags: Fuel Prices, Crime & Fraud, Pilot Flying J, Trial

August 29, 2017 - Industry News

Clinic Owner Given 5 Years Probation for Invalid Trucker Medical Exams

The owner of a medical clinic was sentenced for his role in a fraud scheme involving false medical examinations of truckers and veterans.

Tags: FMCSA, Crime & Fraud, Medical Examiners

July 25, 2017 - Industry News

Truck Driver Charged in Fatal Human Smuggling Operation

A truck driver has been charged for his alleged part in a fatal incident involving a trailer filled with illegal immigrants that was discovered in the parking lot of a Walmart in San Antonio.

Tags: Mexico, Texas, Crime & Fraud, Human Trafficking, Immigration

June 20, 2017 - Industry News

Date and Location Set for Pilot Fuel Rebate Fraud Trial

Fleets were allegedly bilked out of rebates, prosecutors say. Photo: Jim Park

A date and location have been set for the trial of former Pilot Flying J executives in a fuel rebate scandal alleging a conspiracy and scheme to defraud customers.

Tags: Crime & Fraud, Pilot Flying J, Fuel

May 17, 2017 - Industry News

Virginia Trucking Company Execs Pleaded Guilty to Conspiracy Charges

In a plea bargain, Virginia-based Beam Brothers Trucking and its owners and top officers have pleaded guilty to conspiracy charges in a case alleging that they knowingly committed offenses against the U.S. and FMCSA regulations.

Tags: FMCSA, Hours of Service, USPS, Crime & Fraud

April 10, 2017 - Industry News

Two Plead Guilty in Michigan CDL Fraud Scheme

Two former Detroit DOT employees pleaded guilty for their roles in a CDL fraud scheme in Michigan.

Tags: Michigan, CDL, Crime & Fraud

April 5, 2017 - Industry News

Virginia Trucking Companies, Execs Indicted for Hours of Service Conspiracy

Two Virginia-based trucking companies and their executives have been charged with conspiracy, falsifying records, false statements, wire fraud, wire fraud conspiracy, and money laundering conspiracy related to hours of service and labor violations.

Tags: FMCSA, Hours of Service, Office of Inspector General, Crime & Fraud

February 15, 2017 - Industry News

Two Detroit DOT Workers Charged in CDL Fraud Scheme

Two employees of the City of Detroit Department of Transportation have been charged with forgery and bribery related to a commercial driver’s license fraud scheme.

Tags: CDL, Crime & Fraud, Michigan DOT

December 28, 2016 - Industry News

Drivers Must Get New Medical Certificates After Chiropractor Charged with Faking Exams

The FMCSA is notifying drivers who were given medical examinations by Anthony Lefteris that they have 30 days to get a new a Medical Examiner’s Certificate from a medical professional on the National Registry.

Tags: CDL, Crime & Fraud, National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners, Medical Examiners

November 7, 2016 - Industry News

Truck Cargo Theft Figures Mixed, Overall Value of Heists Falls

Cargo theft incident frequency. Graphic: CargoNet

Two new reports paint slightly different pictures of cargo theft, but there is no doubt the problem continues, especially in certain parts of the country and for specific types of freight.

Tags: Crime & Fraud, Cargo Theft, FreightWatch, Cargo Nets, Security

August 3, 2016 - Industry News

Cargo Thefts Drop but Average Loss Rises

Highlighted areas show incidents of the most cargo thefts in the second quarter. Graphic: CargoNet

A new report reveals the number of reported cargo thefts in the U.S. fell during the second quarter of the year compared to the same period in 2015, but the average value of the heists increased, according to CargoNet.

Tags: Security, Crime & Fraud, Cargo Theft, Crime, Cargo Nets

July 7, 2016 - Industry News

Charges Dropped Against Fleet in Fatal Georgia Crash

Criminal charges have been dropped against Total Transportation of Mississippi in relation to a fatal accident involving one of its drivers that killed five people in April 2015.

Tags: Georgia, Fatal Accidents, Crime & Fraud, Automatic Braking

June 15, 2016 - Industry News

Murder Indictments for Driver, Fleet in Fatal Georgia Crash

A high-profile truck crash in Georgia that led to increased calls for a collision-avoidance technology mandate has reportedly resulted in murder indictments for the truck driver and carrier involved.

Tags: Georgia, Collision Avoidance Technology, Crime & Fraud

June 9, 2016 - Industry News

N.J. Trucking Company Defrauded of Over $900K

Four people have been arrested and charged with stealing more than $900,000 from a New Jersey-based trucking company by issuing fraudulent checks to nonexistent employees.

Tags: New Jersey, Crime & Fraud, Fraud, Legal

May 24, 2016 - Industry News

Report: Cargo Thieves 'Nuts' About Nuts

Graph: FreightWatch International

The upcoming harvest season for nuts is expected to get increased attention from cargo thieves in 2016, following big jumps in stealing the previous two years.

Tags: California, Crime & Fraud, Cargo Theft, FreightWatch, Crime

May 17, 2016 - Industry News

Truck Cargo Thefts on The Rise

In the first quarter of 2016, the FreightWatch International Supply Chain Intelligence Center recorded a total of 221 cargo thefts in the United States. During this time, 66 of these incidents occurred in January, 90 in February and 65 happened in March. Graphic: FWI

The number of truck cargo thefts in the U.S. increased in the first quarter of the year but the average value of each heist declined, according to a new report from the logistics security services provider FreightWatch International.

Tags: Security, Crime & Fraud, Cargo Theft, Crime

March 9, 2016 - Industry News

Biodiesel Producer Fined $138M for Fraud

The owner of a Texas biodiesel company has been sentenced to 10 years in prison and to pay a $138 million fine in restitution and forfeiture for biofuels fraud.

Tags: Texas, Crime & Fraud, Biofuels, Renewable Fuels Standard

March 7, 2016 - Industry News

FBI Says Suspect Planned Gold Heist for a Year

Stock photo of gold bars by Andrzej Barabasz (Chepry) via Wikipedia

The man arrested by the FBI in last year's heist of nearly $5 million in gold from a tractor-trailer on I-95 in North Carolina allegedly spent a year planning the robbery, including planting a GPS tracker and a remote-controlled pepper spray device in the truck.

Tags: Crime & Fraud, Cargo Theft

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