July 14, 2022
New York Individual Sentenced for Role in Conspiring To Defraud the United States
On July 14, 2022, the U.S. District Court for Eastern District of New York sentenced Tal Ohana to 2 years of probation and a $100 special assessment for conspiracy to defraud the United States. Ohana was an employee of various affiliated Brooklyn, New York-based moving companies—including C and D Moving, Inc., Hicks Moving & Storage, Cross Country Moving and Storage Inc., and Great Movers Inc. Ohana and co-conspirators agreed to defraud the United States and DOT by submitting forms to DOT regarding motor carriers. Ohana knew these forms contained false information about the companies' ownership and true location. The forms also failed to disclose the motor carriers' affiliations with other motor carriers whose operating authority had been revoked or suspended by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). Further, Ohana and co-conspirators directed others to lie to Federal regulators and customers to conceal the moving companies' location and obstructed FMCSA from enforcing safety regulations that govern the use of commercial motor vehicles in interstate commerce.
DOT-OIG conducted this investigation with the FBI.