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Owners and Dispatcher of Kentucky Trucking Companies Charged with Wire Fraud, Conspiracy, and Extortion

On September 24, 2014, Elliot and Melinda Campbell, Owners, and Bryan Napier, Dispatcher, all of whom are associated with several trucking companies operating out of Catts Auto Sales, Chavies, Kentucky, were indicted in U.S. District Court, London, Kentucky, on charges of conspiracy, wire fraud, and extortion.

The indictment alleged that between October 8, 2010, and February 7, 2012, the Campbells and Napier conspired to defraud shipping brokers by agreeing to transport the brokered cargo for a certain price, but then holding the cargo and demanding payment before delivery, essentially holding the cargo hostage.  In response to the shipping brokers’ filing of complaints, the Campbells and Napier organized new trucking companies, used false names, and continued their scheme. They also did not reveal to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) that they were associated with other FMCSA regulated companies when opening their new trucking companies, a requirement when applying for new FMCSA operating authority.

We are conducting this investigation with the Federal Bureau of Investigation with assistance from the FMCSA.

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