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SALT LAKE CITY – Hubert Ivan Ugarte, 52, of Draper, Utah, pleaded guilty for his role in two separate fraud schemes last week in federal court. Ugarte first pleaded guilty to charges related to a federal bribery case involving the procurement of FedEx Ground (FXG) contract shipping routes worth $24 million dollars of profit and also pleaded guilty to fraudulently obtaining a federal Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan for other trucking companies.

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PROVIDENCE – The owner of an East Providence automobile transport company has been sentenced to 30 months in federal prison for falsifying U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) – Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) records, utilizing another person’s personal identifying information to continue to illegally operate his auto hauling business after being ordered to shut down, fraudulently obtaining more than $400,000 from various financial institutions, and taking evasive steps to avoid paying personal income taxes owed to the IRS.

According to information presented to the court, Michael Chaves, 41, owner of CAT Inc., continued to operate a fleet of auto transport trucks after having been cited for, among other things, allowing drivers to operate without a current or properly classified license; failing to maintain certifications that drivers were medically able to drive; failing to implement a driver alcohol or controlled substances testing program; and allowing drivers to exceed the maximum number of hours of driving allowed under the law.

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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Ohio
On January 28, 2021, in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio, Seth Nezat pleaded guilty to conspiring in a racketeering enterprise to defraud individuals throughout the United States. Beginning in or around February 2014, Nezat participated in a scheme that defrauded, extorted, and stole from customers who hired certain moving companies to move their household goods. To obtain customers, the moving companies allegedly provided low binding estimates and promised to beat their competitors’ prices. According to the investigation, the scheme involved the following steps: After loading a customer’s goods onto the truck, the company’s employees increased the price of the move, holding the goods hostage until the customer paid the inflated prices. They also charged customers for moving more cubic feet of household goods than they actually loaded and did not deliver some household goods at all. When customers complained, the conspirators would shut down the latest iteration of the moving company and open a new one, falsifying information about the owners’ identities in order to fraudulently receive operating licenses from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. The scheme defrauded more than 1,800 victims. In total, the conspiracy is valued at $1 million to $3.5 million.

On January 25, 2021, in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio, Andrey Shuklin pleaded guilty to conspiring in a racketeering enterprise to defraud individuals throughout the United States. From April 2013 through July 2018, Shuklin owned various moving companies, which defrauded, extorted, and stole from customers who hired the companies to move their household goods.

Specifically, Shuklin provided, or directed through wire communications, materially false statements to Federal regulators, third-party companies, and customers to further the scheme. The moving enterprise defrauded more than 1,800 victims for an amount estimated to be between $1.5 million and $3.5 million.

DOT-OIG is conducting this investigation with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).

OIG RELEASE 1/28/2021

OIG RELEASE 1/25/2021

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On January 25, 2021, the U.S. District Court for the District of Rhode Island sentenced Damir Sisic to 3 years of probation, which includes 6 months of home incarceration, 50 hours of community service, a $1,000 fine, and a $100 special assessment. On October 14, 2020, Sisic, owner of the now defunct Sisic Transport Service LLC (STS), pleaded guilty to conspiracy to falsify Federal records.

According to the information, from approximately January 2018 through May 2019, Sisic allegedly conspired to falsify the hours of service listed in STS drivers’ electronic logs. STS truck drivers were routinely exceeding the maximum number of driving hours and “on duty” hours, without spending the required hours off duty. Sisic concealed this information from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA).

DOT-OIG conducted this investigation with FMCSA’s assistance.

SISIC TRANSPORT SERVICES LLC MC887969 DOT 2549455

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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of New Jersey
On January 25, 2021, the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey sentenced Farah Al-Ibrahim to 3 years of probation, $75,193 in restitution and a $100 special assessment. The sentencing follows her February 22, 2019, guilty plea to conspiracy to commit wire fraud. Al-Ibrahim accepted responsibility for her role in a conspiracy to obtain money from customers of various moving companies through false and fraudulent pretenses.
DOT-OIG conducted this investigation with Homeland Security Investigations and the Postal Inspection Service.



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