Georgia defendant pleads guilty to double brokering

By Charlie Morasch, Land Line contributing writer | 12/3/2013

Authorities say a woman in Georgia has admitted to using Internet load boards illegally to intercept payments between shippers and trucking companies.

According to the U.S. Department of Transportation Office of Inspector General, Pauline Robinson-Kirkland of Donalsville, Ga., was indicted in July 2012 of using the Internet to scan load boards for commercial freight advertisements.

On Nov. 20, Robinson-Kirkland pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Macon, Ga., to mail fraud in connection to her role in the double brokering scheme.

Investigators said Robinson-Kirkland would bid on the freight loads by using names of companies that had broker authority with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. After winning the bids, she would tell the other party her trucks would deliver the freight for the agreed price and the shipper would send her the payment.

Instead, Robinson-Kirkland immediately re-advertised the loads using a different company name, accepted bids from trucking companies and organized the delivery of the freight from shipper to destination, “never disclosing that she had arranged for the sender to send payment to her.”

“This resulted in the actual freight hauler never being paid,” the DOT OIG release states.

The investigation was handled jointly between the DOT and the Decatur County, Ga., sheriff’s office.

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