Roundup: OIG investigations result in charges, restitution

By Land Line staff | 9/19/2014

A South Carolina man has been indicted for making false statements on a commercial driver employment application. And a California man must perform community service and make restitution to victims in a “Low Ball” moving scheme, according to news releases issued by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Office of Inspector General.

The false statements case involves Arnold Bradford Williams, a commercial truck driver who was indicted Sept. 2 in U.S. District Court in Raleigh, N.C. According to the indictment, Williams did not disclose his involvement in a January 2013 fatality crash that resulted in one fatality and three injuries. Williams was cited for reckless homicide and possessing an open container of alcohol in connection with the crash.

The indictment states that Williams “did knowingly and willfully make” a false statement on his application to work for another motor carrier, MTR Inc., where he was subsequently hired. Williams was later arrested in Georgia and charged with driving a commercial vehicle while under the influence of alcohol. He is scheduled to appear in court on Sept. 26.

In California, a former salesman for ASAP Relocations Inc. must perform 300 hours of community service and pay $4,200 in restitution for his participation in a scheme to defraud moving customers.

Wayne Allen of San Jose, along with other unnamed employees and the company owner, lured moving customers with lowball quotes, according to the OIG release. Once the moves were in progress, customers were told their furniture and belongings would be taken to storage unless they paid significantly increased fees charged by ASAP for unnecessary packing supplies.

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