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.
Dilshod Sidikov, aka “Dema”, 26, of Brooklyn, N.Y., received 37 months in prison after previously pleading guilty to conspiracy to commit wire fraud and money laundering.
Twenty-six people have been found guilty of crimes related to the conspiracy.
Sidikov and other conspirators obtained account numbers and codes used by independent trucking companies to wire money to the companies’ drivers from February 2011 through November 2012, according to United States Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio.
This group, along with other unknown people, used electronic fund processing companies, such as Fleet One, Comdata, and TCH. They obtained account numbers and codes used by trucking companies to issue checks through EFPs, according to the indictment. These account numbers and codes were obtained without the knowledge or consent of the trucking companies. Prosecutors say the individuals then provided the stolen account numbers and codes via telephone calls or text messages to the defendants
The defendants traveled to truck stops in the Northern Ohio and elsewhere. Prosecutors said once at the truck stops, they posed as truck drivers, approached customer service counters, presented the stolen account numbers and codes, and requested checks from the EFPs.
Customer service representatives at the truck stops then processed the requests by sending the account numbers and codes via wire to EFP processing centers. The EFPs then authorized the requests and authorized the truck stop customer service representatives, via wire, to print checks for the defendants. They then endorsed the checks and cashed them at the truck stops, according to the indictment.
Prosecutors said from about February 2011to around November 2012, Sidikov and other defendants conspired to launder money by transferring the proceeds of this scheme overseas and then back to the United States.