A Georgia woman has been sentenced to one-year probation and ordered to pay a $5,490 fine for her role in an alleged double-brokering scam.
Court documents allege that Pauline Robinson-Kirkland of Donalsonville, Ga., set up more than 15 fraudulent companies, including brokerages and trucking companies, over a three-year period from January 2006 through December 2009.
In November 2013, Robinson-Kirkland pleaded guilty to mail fraud in U.S. District Court in Macon, Ga. She had initially pleaded not guilty in the case after she was indicted on six counts of fraud in U.S. District Court in Albany, Ga., in July 2012.
According to court documents, Robinson-Kirkland would use the Internet to access load boards. Then, after successfully bidding on loads using the names of the various companies she had set up, she would then contact the shippers, requesting they send her the payments for services. She would then readvertise the loads using a different company name, but would not inform the trucking companies who bid on the loads that they were being double-brokered.
Robinson-Kirkland received payment from approximately 69 shippers, according to court documents, but the legitimate trucking companies who delivered the freight were never paid for the loads.
Some of the fraudulent companies Robinson-Kirkland is accused of setting up as part of the alleged scheme include the following:
- Total Expressway LLC, of Climax, Ga., which had its broker authority involuntarily revoked twice, according to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s website, once in July 2007 and again in January 2010;
- Landstar Riverside LLC of Dothan, Ala., which had its broker authority revoked in June 2007;
- American United LLC of Wadsworth, Ohio, which had its common carrier authority dismissed in June 2010;
- Pima & Fiber LLC of Wildomer, Calif., which had its broker authority revoked in August 2006; and
- Riverside Motor Logistics, Inc., of Leesburg, Ga., which had its broker authority involuntarily revoked in November 2008.
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