Government goes after $175,000 from trucking companies

| 2/14/2008

Federal prosecutors moved this week to seize $175,000 gained by two trucking companies as a result of a truck driver visa fraud scheme.

The government laid claim to $50,000 from Cal-Ark of Little Rock, AR, and $125,000 from Pullen Brothers Inc. and Coldway Logistics Inc., two Sikeston, MO, companies owned by Jerry Pullen.

The Southeast Missourian reported that Cal-Ark, Pullen Brothers and Coldway Logistics collectively hired more than 100 illegal drivers in the scheme that sent former state Rep. Nathan Cooper to federal prison. In addition to serving a 15-month term, Cooper paid a $6,000 fine and forfeited $50,000.

No criminal charges were filed against the trucking companies.