Georgia Woman Indicted In Double Brokering Scheme
On March 14, 2012, Tina Blyth, Bainbridge, Georgia, was indicted by a federal grand jury in the U.S. District Court, Macon, Georgia, on ten counts of fraud by private interstate carrier for her role in a consumer fraud scheme involving illicit double brokering of motor carrier loads.
Our investigation revealed Ms. Blyth used the internet to access web sites where senders advertised loads of commercial freight which were available for transport. Allegedly, she bid on loads of freight using the names of her various companies which are listed as having broker authority with FMCSA, would be awarded the bids, and led the sender to believe her trucking business would deliver the freight for the contracted price. The sender of the freight would send Blyth payment for the agreed upon price. However, after accepting the bid to deliver the load of freight, she would immediately re-advertise the job on the internet, using a different company name. She accepted bids from legitimate trucking companies to ship the freight from the sender to the intended destination, never disclosing that she had already arranged for the sender to deliver payment to her.
This investigation was worked jointly with the Decatur County Sheriff's Office, Decatur, Georgia.
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