The Department of Transportation’s Office of Inspector General (OIG) today announced that on June 24, 2015, former dispatcher, Bryan Napier, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit wire fraud.
Napier was a dispatcher for several trucking companies. The companies were operated out of Catts Auto Sales in Chavies, Kentucky.
According to the OIG, from October 8, 2010 to February 7, 2012, Napier and others “conspired to defraud shipping brokers by agreeing to transport cargo loads for a certain price.”
The OIG states that Napier and the others would then hold the cargo hostage by demanding payment be made before delivery.
When brokers began filing complaints, Napier and the others would organize new trucking companies, using aliases. In addition, they withheld from the FMCSA that they were associated with other FMCSA-regulated companies when they were applying for new operating authority.
Napier has pleaded guilty for his role in the events.
Office of Inspector General