Prosecutors: Padded invoices bilked two motor carriers out of $300,000

By Land Line staff | 4/3/2012

Two men employed by two different motor carriers worked with a third party to steal $300,000 in padded invoices for work not performed, a New Jersey prosecutor says.

Hudson County, NJ, Prosecutor Edward DeFazio has filed charges against Caroline Kenny 39, of Port Logistics Group; Eddie Montes, 35, who worked at D & E Trucking; and Alfonso Dominguez, 41, who worked for Multi-State Trucking.

According to the Jersey Journal, administrators at Port Logistics Group noticed late last year that its payroll supervisor had padded her paychecks.

A subsequent investigation revealed discrepancies in payments made to two trucking companies, including fraudulent payments of $300,000 paid for work not performed.

According to the Journal, an audit revealed that Kenny allegedly created padded invoices to the two trucking companies. Montes and Dominguez cashed the checks and then allegedly paid Kenny $400 weekly.

All three defendants were charged with theft by deception and conspiracy to commit theft by deception. Each count carries a possible sentence of 10 years in prison.