February 25, 2009

Former Tennessee Trucking Official Sentenced in Fraudulent Billing Scheme



On February 25, David Hernandez was sentenced in U.S. District Court, Memphis, Tennessee, to 20 months imprisonment, 3 years probation, and ordered to pay $310,853 in restitutions and a special assessment of $2,200. This sentencing is the result of a fraudulent billing scheme he participated in while serving as manager at Airtrans, Incorporated a defunct trucking company formerly located in Dyersburg, Tennessee. Mr. Hernandez was indicted with former Airtrans Incorporated owner Freddie Ford in September 2004 and charged with conspiracy and wire fraud. The indictment stemmed from Mr. Hernandez’ involvement in a scheme to sell bogus freight bills fabricated at Airtrans Incorporated, to a factoring company that purchased them at a discount. In April 2008, a jury found him guilty on all charges. DOT/OIG assisted the U.S. Postal Inspection Service and Federal Bureau of Investigation in conducting this investigation.

Note: Indictments, informations, and criminal complaints are only accusations by the government, all defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.