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Trucker fined $1.3M, sentenced to 22 years in prison for role in cargo theft ring

A truck driver who was convicted earlier this year to conspiring to steal trucks, trailers and cargo over a 14-year period has been sentenced to 22 years in prison and has been ordered to pay $1.3 million in restitution to victims.

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Recent cargo thefts a warning to carriers: Beware of cargo theft ‘red zone’

Cargo theft tracking firm FreightWatch International issued an alert this week saying it has seen three “red zone” truckload thefts in the last three weeks, stemming from what it says is an “unusually high rate in violations of best practices for in-transit security.” FreightWatch defines the cargo red zone as within 200 miles of a loads origin, and the three recent thefts were caused by “staging cargo within the red zone,” FreightWatch says in its alert. A ...

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Conspirator in FMCSA shutdown order violation case sentenced to probation

A Georgia man has been sentenced to a year of probation for conspiring to violate imminent hazard out-of-service orders (shutdown orders, essentially) issued by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

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Cargo theft update: Load value jumps as thieves target high-value freight

The average loss value per cargo theft incident in the third quarter of 2014 jumped 100 percent from 2013’s third quarter $321,521, while the number of thefts fell. Here's what loads were hot, what states they occurred in and the methods used.

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Cargo theft risk still high, FreightWatch says; Theft data for June-August

Between June and August, 182 cargo thefts were recorded in the U.S., according to cargo-theft prevention firm FreightWatch International. Moreover, FreightWatch’s report says the risk level for cargo theft in the U.S. remains high.

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Sentences handed down to two trucking co. embezzlers

Courts handed down sentences in two separate but similar cases recently in which employees for two different trucking companies embezzled money from their companies.

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DOT takes action against driver who falsified employment app, carrier in fraud scheme

A representative for a carrier who defrauded customers has been sentenced, while a truck driver who previously was charged with homicide after a fatal crash has been sentenced for making false statements on a driver employment application.

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Broker charged with bribing National Guard officials for freight contracts

An Alabama-based freight broker has been charged with with two counts of bribery and two counts of fraud after investigators say he bribed two National Guard officials to steer military transport contracts to two carriers he represented.

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Indictment made in Florida-based fraud scheme that cheated truck owners

A Florida woman has been indicted in a scheme in which the Justice Department says she cheated truck owners out of just shy of a quarter-million dollars, according to an announcement from the DOJ last week.

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Second quarter cargo theft report: Loss value continues to climb as criminals ‘increase sophistication’

Between April and June, 179 cargo thefts were recorded in the U.S., per FreightWatch International. The average loss value per incident, however, rose 5.6 percent to $174,415. Here's a breakdown of the full report.

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