FBI raids Houston offices of Houston trucking company

| 10/11/2007

FBI agents raided the offices of a major trucking and logistics company in Houston on Wednesday, Oct. 10, apparently as part of an investigation into surcharges paid by the government.

The Houston Chronicle reported that agents were seen coming out of the offices of Eagle Global Logistics with boxes. The company, known as EGL, paid a $4 million fine earlier this year for overcharging the government to ship goods to Iraq and other Middle Eastern countries.

In that case, an EGL executive confessed to issuing inflated invoices to cover fraudulent surcharges.

Meanwhile, a Swiss freight company issued a statement Wednesday saying its offices in the U.S. and Europe were also raided by agents investigating alleged illegalities in the international freight forwarding business.