man pleaded guilty Jan. 7 to the theft of more than $100,000 from
a trucking company. He reportedly used the money to pay bills
and support a bingo habit.
of Fort Smith, defrauded USA Truck, of Van Buren, AR, where he
was employed as director of pricing, by filing bogus claims for
damaged merchandise. Pratt is believed to have filed about 30
false claims since 1999.
would submit a check request for damaged freight for a company
that did business with USA Trucking. After the claims were approved,
Pratt would alter the claim forms to show the name of a fictitious
company. He then would take a check request to the accounting
department and have it made out to the fictitious company.
he used the money to pay bills and to play bingo. He allegedly
spent more than $300 per week playing bingo.
sentenced to 10 years in prison. He also was ordered to pay more
than $102,000 in restitution after he is released.