July 31, 2018
Pennsylvania Woman Sentenced for Fraud Relating to Multiple FMCSA Safety Programs
On July 18, 2018, Joann Wingate of Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, was sentenced in U.S. District Court, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, to 2 years’ probation, which includes 6 months of electronic-monitoring home detention and a $300 assessment fee. The court deferred a determination of restitution to a later date.
On November 7, 2017, Joann Wingate, of Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, pleaded guilty to wire fraud and false statements in U.S District Court, Harrisburg. Wingate was indicted on September 2016 on 65 counts of wire fraud, false statements, and aggravated identity theft related to violations of FMCSA medical examination and drug and alcohol testing programs.
On October 13, 2016, DOT-OIG agents arrested Joann Wingate of Carlyle, Pennsylvania, for her role in a scheme that violated the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) regulated alcohol- and drug-testing program and regulations for DOT physicals. In September 2016, a Federal grand jury in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, returned a 65-count indictment charging Wingate with wire fraud, false statements, and aggravated identity theft.
July 27, 2018
California Woman Sentenced to Prison for Drug-Testing Scam
On July 13, 2018 Demetri Dearth, former owner and operator of Advanced Substance Abuse Programs (ASAP), Redding, California, was sentenced in U.S. District Court, Sacramento, California, to 1 year in prison, followed by 1 year of probation, and $2,500 special assessment fee. On October 20, 2017, Dearth, pleaded guilty to mail fraud and false statements to a Government agency in connection with the provision of random and pre-employment drug-testing services to motor carrier drivers.
July 24, 2018
CargoNet’s 2nd Quarter 2018 Cargo Theft Trend Analysis
CargoNet’s Cargo Theft Trend Analysis report for the second quarter of 2018.
July 18, 2018
Iowa Man Sentenced to 2 Years Incarceration for Motor Carrier Fraud
On July 10, 2018, Bret J. Tratchel was sentenced in U.S. District Court, Davenport, Iowa, to 2 years’ incarceration; 3 years’ supervised release; $35,801 in restitution to Quaker Transportation, Inc., a victim of his scheme; and a $300 special assessment fee. Tratchel pleaded guilty on October 24, 2016, to wire fraud and making false statements or representations to the United States
On October 24, 2016, Bret Tratchel, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court, Davenport, Iowa, to wire fraud and false statements. Tratchel, who previously owned several motor carrier and transportation logistics companies, contracted with unsuspecting shippers to haul freight for a set price and then fraudulently billed customers multiple times for the same load.
July 2, 2018
Third-Party CDL Examiner Sentenced for Fraudulent CDL Skills Testing Scheme
On June 21, 2018, Andre Cooper, a third-party commercial driver’s license (CDL) examiner was sentenced in U.S. District Court, Jackson, Mississippi, to 3 years’ probation, a $1,500 fine, and $100 special assessment fee for making false statements. He had accepted cash payments from multiple CDL skills test applicants in lieu of administering the federally mandated test.
On April 11,2018 Andre Cooper, a third-party commercial driver’s license (CDL) examiner pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court, Jackson, Mississippi, to making false statements. He had accepted cash payments from multiple CDL skills test applicants in lieu of administering the federally mandated test.
May 31, 2018
Truck and Trailer Missing
A 1995 Freightliner FLD TRACTOR and 1999 Transcraft flatbed trailer went missing May 30, 2018. The load of rebar originated in Houston, Texas. It is believed that the truck and trailer was last seen at a Shell in Hockley, Texas.
The truck is white with a blue “GEC Trucking LLC” sign on it. The company truck number is 1405 and has license plate 1L19560. The trailer is also white/silver flatbed. License plate is 069B103.
Please contact Carolina Velasquez at 817-583-6909 if you have any information.
August 11, 2017
Truck and Trailer Missing
A 2015 Volvo VNL64TRACTOR and 2016 CIMC Cool Globe R8000 trailer went missing July 7, 2017. The load of potatoes originated in Atlanta, Georgia and was headed to Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. It is believed that the truck and trailer have been separated with the trailer near Pennsylvania and the truck still in Georgia.
BKNY Transport Inc., has offered a $200 reward for their missing truck and trailer.
The truck is white with a “Ryder” sign on it. The company truck number is 352165 and has Indiana license plates 2562589. The trailer is also white with “COMPASS” sign on the trailer. License plate is from Illinois , 560580.
BKNY last had contact with their driver on July 8, 2017.