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Dispatcher of Kentucky Trucking Companies Pleads Guilty to Conspiracy to Commit Wire Fraud

On June 24, 2015, Bryan Napier, a dispatcher for several trucking companies operating out of Catts Auto Sales, Chavies, Kentucky, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court, Loudon, Kentucky, to conspiracy to commit wire fraud.

Our investigation revealed that between October 8, 2010, and February 7, 2012, Napier and others conspired to defraud shipping brokers by agreeing to transport cargo loads for a certain price. They would then hold the cargo and demand payment before delivery, essentially holding the cargo hostage. When the shipping brokers filed complaints, Napier and his co-conspirators organized new trucking companies, used false names/aliases, 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, which is 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.