crime

Former trucking company operator sentenced to 3 years, fined $500k for brokerage scheme

The former operator of an Illinois-based trucking company who pleaded guilty in December to wire fraud has been sentenced to three years in prison and ordered to pay $532,000 for double-brokering loads.

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Cargo theft update: Value increases as number of thefts falls

The average loss value per cargo theft incident in the first quarter of 2015 jumped 25 percent from 2014’s first quarter to $256,966, while the number of thefts fell, according to the quarterly cargo theft trends report from FreightWatch International.

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Trucker gets six months in prison, three years supervision for not disclosing prior crashes

South Carolina truck operator Arnold Williams has been sentenced to time served — 6 months — and three years of supervised release for not disclosing to his carrier his truck accident history.

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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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