Owner of permit service sentenced for scamming trucking companies

Carriers paid for permits that were never issued by the states

Posted January 5, 2017

Over-the-road trucking companies were defrauded by a company hired to request overweight state permits, according to a recent case in the U.S. District Court, Columbus, Ohio.

The service provider was hired by trucking companies to request overweight permits to ensure passage of oversize loads. Instead, from May 2012 through December 2015, the owner of the company admitted to defrauding his clients by providing falsified overweight vehicle permits issued by the Wisconsin DOT and the Illinois DOT. The permits were sent via wire communication in interstate commerce.

The court sentenced him to 15 months’ incarceration and 36 months of supervised release. He was also ordered to pay $32,996.96 in restitution to the various states affected by his scheme.

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