February 27, 2017
Utah Man Sentenced to 12 Months’ Probation for Falsifying Shipping Documents
On February 27, 2017, Toby Green of X-Treme Motors (XM) was sentenced to 12 months’ probation after he pleaded guilty to making false statements and aiding and abetting in U.S. District Court, Utah. Green and others were indicted for transporting hazardous materials, smuggling goods from the United States, making false statements, and aiding and abetting, while attempting to ship hazardous and other controlled materials via commercial aircraft without proper declaration. Green pleaded guilty to knowingly and willfully misrepresenting shipping labels and other documentation to conceal the contents of shipments.
On September 17, 2014, Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) advised DOT-OIG that XM had attempted to ship gun cleaner (a flammable aerosol), which was refused by postal personnel after it was identified as a hazardous material. HSI further advised that XM appeared to purchase hazardous materials—including 12-ounce cans of foaming bore cleaner and Tasers containing lithium batteries—and repackaged the items to ship to foreign companies via air carrier without properly declaring them.
DOT-OIG conducted this investigation with HSI; the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service.