owner of a former Wolcott, IN, trucking company who tried to save
his failing business by forging temporary truck registrations was
sentenced to one year on house arrest and three years on probation,
the Indiana Journal and Courier reported.
M. Cocarro, 44, will have to move back to White County from Panama
City, Fla., to serve his house arrest, according to Judge Robert
Mrzlack's sentencing order Aug. 11 in White County Superior Court.
who owned Rocket Express and later Thunderbird Transport, pleaded
guilty to one count of inducing forgery and three counts of theft
for forging temporary vehicle registrations 56 times between May
and August 2002.
scheme was uncovered when one of Cocarro's drivers was stopped by
police in Florida, and a police officer recognized that the temporary
registration was a forgery. Indiana officials were notified, and
the Indiana Department of Revenue opened an investigation.
it came time to renew registrations on his fleet of 37 trucks in
May 2002, Cocarro said he had only $50,000 of the $72,000 he needed
for the plates. So he went to his files, took out old temporary
permits from past truck purchases and changed information, including
vehicle identification numbers, year and make of the trucks, states
of travel and dates registered.