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Letter to Congress on Investigating and Prosecuting Household Goods Moving and Double-Brokering Fraud

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In May 2023, eight members of Congress expressed concerns with fraud related to freight-hauling, including stolen truck loads and brokerage fraud schemes. Their letter asked us to consider establishing a permanent task force for investigating, referring, and prosecuting cases of freight, household goods moving, ransom, and double-brokering fraud in coordination with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and the Department of Justice (DOJ). Our Office of Investigations has a long and successful history of partnering with FMCSA and the U.S. Attorneys’ Offices within DOJ on these matters. Over the last 5 years, OIG has investigated 25 cases of household goods moving fraud and 13 double-brokering cases. Recognizing the importance of preventing and detecting fraud, waste, and abuse in our transportation system, we will continue to partner with FMCSA and DOJ to investigate the most egregious allegations of household goods moving and double-brokering fraud, in addition to our primary focus on cases that align with OIG’s top investigative priorities.