crime

Cargo thefts predicted to rise during July 4 weekend

FreightWatch said it recorded an average loss value of $1.1 million during July 4 weekend last year, which is six times higher than the average during the rest of the year.

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Trucking rap sheet: Another CDL test scheme, driver forges med cert

Another CDL test distributor has been caught being bribed for answers; a trucker has been caught with a medical certification form he forged himself; and a Louisiana fleet owner has been sentenced for falsifying his application for authority.

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San Antonio inspector charged for taking bribes from trucking co. for clean inspections

The officer, identified as 42-year-old Daniel Schmitt, allegedly was paid $7,400 by Texas Chrome Transport to give the company “higher than normal passing grades” on the inspections.

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Cargo theft firms warn truckers of increased theft activity during Memorial Day weekend

FWI said in past Memorial Day weekends, it has seen elevated theft levels up to 40 percent higher than non-holiday weekends, and in 2015, saw a record-high 15 cargo theft incidents averaging more than $600,000 in value.

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Cargo theft incidents increase, values fall in first quarter

FreightWatch recorded a total of 221 thefts in the quarter with an average loss value per theft of $112,467.

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Trucker suspected of murdering fellow trucker in road rage incident still on the loose in Florida

Witnesses told the Florida Highway Patrol that around 1:50 p.m. a bearded man driving an orange, early-to-mid 2000 Freightliner with a white trailer pulled up alongside another semi-tractor trailer, bumped into it and then shot the driver who veered off the road and crashed in the woods.

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Trucking rap sheet: CDL testing fraud update, carrier fraud scheme and other updates

A Kentucky couple was convicted in a fraud scheme in which they conspired to defraud brokers by agreeing to haul loads for a certain price, then hold the cargo hostage and demand payment before delivery. That and more from trucking crime updates from the DOT.

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Trucking rap sheet: DOT medical examiner indicted, international fugitive sentenced

The Department of Transportation’s Office of Inspector General recently announced court activity in four trucking-related crime investigations. Here’s a summary of what happened with each.

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Truck driver stabbed to death in truck at Washington state truck stop; no leads in case

A truck driver was stabbed to death in his truck last week at the Mustardseed Truck Stop off Highway 167 in Sumner, Wash. Police have no leads in the case.

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Trucking rap sheet: Couple arrested for illegally transporting hazmat body parts, FMCSA-registered drug tester suspended

A Michigan couple was arrested Jan. 29 after they were indicted on charges related to a fraud scheme involving the distribution of infectious human remains. That and more from trucking crime updates from the DOT.

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