crime

Nearly $90M in truck freight stolen in cargo thefts in 2014, report shows

Though the number of theft incidents fell in 2014, CargoNet reports an alarming trend — thieves targeting high value loads and putting in the effort to steal them.

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2014 cargo theft report: Trends point to elevated threat, more sophisticated thieves

FreightWatch says cargo thieves in the U.S. are becoming more sophisticated, with data “suggesting organized thieves offset the lack of access to a high quantity of shipments by targeting higher value merchandise,” the report notes.

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Truckers could be suspected in $5M gold bar cargo theft, reports say

Following an odd cargo theft earlier this week — in which roughly $5 million in gold bars were stolen from the back of a tractor-trailer heading from Miami to Massachusetts — authorities have begun to question whether the two truckers piloting the rig were involved.

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Cargo theft warning: West Coast port backlog ripe for cargo thieves, FreightWatch says

“As the massive backlog of cargo begins to release into the supply chain, the frenetic situation will be rife with opportunity for cargo criminals,” FreightWatch said in its warning.

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Cargo theft warning: Thieves breaking into trailers at truck stops, ‘pilfering’ contents

Cargo thieves have been breaking seals on trailers, opening the trailer doors to check contents, deciding whether the goods are valuable and targeting items “easily fenced,” FreightWatch says.

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Former Arrow Trucking CEO could face $50 million sentence for misusing company funds

The former president and CEO of the now-closed Arrow Trucking pleaded guilty Feb. 4 to one count of conspiracy and one count of tax evasion stemming from his misuse of company money and schemes designed to overcharge customers for services.

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Trucking rap sheet: Carrier-led cargo theft scheme, CDL exam cheaters, driver drug tester, chameleon carriers and more

The courts have been busy of late dealing with trucking-related crimes, it seems, as the Departments of Transportation and Justice announced last week several updates several cases dealing with cargo theft, drug testing, shutdown orders and more.

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Fraudulent CDL exam scheme used cameras, Bluetooth pencils, DOT reports

The DOT announced recently that three people in New York have pleaded guilty to charges in a scheme in which test takers were provided answers to CDL examinations during the tests using equipment like cameras and Bluetooth pencils.

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Med examiner who scammed truckers fined $109k; carrier owner sentenced to probation for violating shutdown order

The DOT recently reported action on several trucking-related criminal cases, including the potential finale to the Terri’s Farm horse-hauling saga and a plea deal made with a medical examiner defrauding truckers by falsely signing drug test results:

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Former Arrow Trucking head indicted on fraud charges tied to company’s demise

The former president and CEO of Arrow Trucking was indicted by a Grand Jury Dec. 1 on charges stemming from his use of company money for personal expenses like weddings, luxury automobiles and credit card payments.

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