Pennsylvania Motor Carrier Broker and Sons Indicted in $1 Million Fraud Scheme
On August 25, the U.S. District Court of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, unsealed a forty–count indictment charging Rubik Avetyan, and his two sons, Allen and Alfred, with multiple counts of mail fraud, wire fraud, aggravated identity theft, and conspiracy. Mr. Avetyan and his sons created two shell companies and provided false identity information to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMSCA). The Avetyans used the shell companies to facilitate a double–brokerage scheme and transport stolen merchandise. They received approximately $1,060,000 in illicit payments and goods. The indictment alleged that the Avetyans utilized various motor carrier broker websites to procure loads for transport with unsuspecting businesses. The Avetyans entered into agreements with legitimate brokers which falsely indicated that their shell companies would haul and broker the load. They then brokered the load to a legitimate carrier and agreed to compensate the legitimate carrier at a higher rate. The Avetyans obtained payments from the brokerage firm that listed the load, but failed to pay the carrier that actually delivered the load.
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