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Title: A Seminole, Florida, man Defrauds Factoring companies
Start Date: 2/9/2016
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January 28,2016

Karl Stehlin, a/k/a “Mark Sawyer,” age 60 of Seminole FL, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge William J. Martini in Newark federal court to Count One of an indictment charging him with wire fraud. Stehlin admitted that from June 2014 through September 2014, he defrauded a Bergen County, New Jersey, factoring business that purchased accounts receivable in return for short term financing. Stehlin created a bogus Idaho-based company, Sawyer Express Transportation Inc., and emailed accounts receivable invoices to the factoring company for transportation services that were never provided

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Title: Wisconsin Theft of $160,000.00 worth of Cheese
Start Date: 1/26/2016
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National News Story

Title: Four in Florida Indicted in Fraudulent CDL Testing Scheme
Start Date: 1/19/2016
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On July 2, 2015, Ellariy Medvednik, Natalia Dontsova, Adrian Salari, and Clarence Davis, were indicted in U.S. District Court, Orlando, Florida, on conspiracy charges related to the unlawful production of Florida driver licenses and commercial drivers’ licenses (CDLs).

On September 24, 2015, Ellariy Medvednik, pleaded guilty to conspiracy in U.S. District Court, Orlando, Florida.  Previously, in August 2015, Ellariy Medvednik, Natalia Dontsova, and Adrian Salari were charged with conspiracy to unlawfully produce Florida driver licenses and commercial drivers’ licenses (CDL).

On October 6, 2015, Natalia Dontsova, pleaded guilty to conspiracy in U.S. District Court, Orlando, Florida. Previously, in August 2015, Ellariy Medvednik, Natalia Dontsova, and Adrian Salari were charged with conspiracy to unlawfully produce Florida driver licenses and commercial drivers' licenses (CDLs).

On December 21, 2015, Natalia Dontsova was sentenced in U.S. District Court, Orlando, FL, to 10 months in prison followed by 1 year of supervised release for her role in a fraudulent CDL testing scheme.

On January 11, 2016, Ellariy Medvednik was sentenced in U.S. District Court, Orlando, Florida, to 12 months and one day in prison, one year of supervised release, and fined $30,000 for his role in a fraudulent commercial driver’s license (CDL) testing scheme.

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Title: Household Goods Moving Company Owner Pleads Guilty to Transportation of Stolen Property
Start Date: 1/19/2016
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On December 3, 2015, Shedrick Giles pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court, Atlanta, Georgia, to transportation of stolen property related to a household goods (HHG) theft scheme involving multiple companies.

Press Release 12_11_2015

On October 27, 2015, Tasheen "Ty" R. Pickett pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court, Atlanta, Georgia, to conspiracy to transport stolen property related to a scheme to rob customers of their household goods.

Press Release 10_27_2015

On January 6, 2016, Tasheen "Ty" R. Pickett was sentenced in U.S. District Court, Atlanta, Georgia, for conspiracy to transport stolen property related to a household goods theft scheme. Pickett was sentenced to 48 months imprisonment followed by 36 months supervised release and to pay $427,809.85 in restitution to his victims.

Press Release 1_6_2016


Title: Member of moving company's holding loads hostage scheme sentenced
Start Date: 1/8/2016
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The Office of Inspector General for the Department of Transportation reports On September 18, 2014, Adalinda Reyna-Mendoza, a former customer service representative and dispatcher for ASAP Relocations, Inc., DBA ENCORE MOVING, MC#456075, DOT#1109075, San Jose, California, was sentenced in Superior Court, County of Santa Clara, California, to 6 months of jail time, 5 years probation, and ordered to pay restitution to victims totaling more than $200,000 for her participation in a scheme to defraud moving customers. Reyna-Mendoza had previously pleaded guilty to charges related to her role in the scheme.

FMCSA SAFER system shows this company as out of service for failure to pay fine as of 7/8/2013.

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On August 6, 2015, Moaz Kadesh, former foreman and office manager for ASAP Relocations, Inc. (ASAP), San Jose, California, was sentenced  in Superior Court, Santa Clara County, California, related to a household goods moving (HHG) fraud scheme. He was sentenced to 5 years probation and ordered to pay $160,000 in restitution. He previously entered a plea of no contest to insurance fraud in July.

 The 33-month flight from justice for Noam Israeli ended on November 27, 2015, after police in Washington State received an unrelated complaint about an erratic driver. Officers from the Arlington, WA Police Department investigated the complaint and discovered that the perpetrator, Israeli, was wanted in California by State authorities, DOT-OIG and FBI. He is being held in Snohomish County WA pending extradition to California to face charges for his alleged involvement in a household goods moving fraud scheme.

Press Release 1_8_2016

Title: DOT OIG News Update: Fraudulent CDL Test-Taking Scheme
Start Date: 1/4/2016
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On January 26, 2015, Firdavs Mamadaliev pleaded guilty to Identification Documents Fraud and on February 2, 2015, Akmal Narzikulov pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit Honest Services Mail Fraud in U.S. District Court, Brooklyn, New York. In total, eleven individuals were indicted in October 2013, including Mamadaliev and Narzikulov, in connection with a widespread fraudulent Commercial Driver's License (CDL) test-taking scheme in New York State.

On January 21, 2015, Inocente Gonzalez and LaToya Bourne pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court, Brooklyn, New York, to conspiracy to commit Honest Services Mail Fraud in connection with a widespread fraudulent Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) test-taking scheme in New York State. In total, eleven individuals were indicted in October 2013, including Gonzalez and Bourne.

On January 12, 2015, Marie Daniel pleaded guilty in connection with a widespread fraudulent Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) test-taking scheme in New York State (NYS). Daniel was indicted, along with ten others in October 2013 by a federal grand jury in U.S. District Court, Brooklyn, New York.

 On May 14, 2015, Jose Payano (a/k/a Polo) was sentenced in US District Court, Brooklyn, New York, to 28 months imprisonment and three years of supervised release. The judge cited the threat to public safety as warranting the harsh sentence.

 On July 17, 2015, after a three-day trial, a federal jury found Joachim Pierre, Luc Desmangles, Tanael Daniel, Dale Harper, and Beayaeh Kamara guilty in U.S. District Court, Brooklyn, New York, related to cheating on Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) tests.

On October 7, 2015, LaToya Bourne was sentenced in U.S. District Court, Brooklyn, New York, to 3 years probation for her role in a Commercial Driver's License (CDL)  test-taking fraud scheme.

On October 7, 2015, Inocente Gonzalez was sentenced in U.S. District Court, Brooklyn, New York. He was sentenced to 3 years probation and 100 hours of community service for his role in a widespread Commercial Driver's License (CDL) test-taking fraud scheme in New York State. In total, eleven individuals were indicted on charges related to this scheme in October 2013, including Gonzalez.

On November 23 and November 4, 2015, Marie Daniel and Firdavs Mamadaliev were sentenced in the U.S. District Court, Brooklyn, New York for their roles in a widespread fraudulent Commercial Driver's License (CDL) test-taking scheme in New York State. Daniel was sentenced to 3 years’ incarceration and 3 years of supervised release, and Mamadaliev was sentenced to 24 months’ probation and a $500 fine. In October 2013, Daniel, Mamadaliev, and nine others were charged with conspiracy to unlawfully produce identification documents in connection with the scheme. In January 2015, both pleaded guilty.

On December 17, 2015, Luc Desmangles was sentenced to 18 months incarceration in U.S. District Court, Brooklyn, NY, for his role in a widespread fraudulent CDL test-taking scheme in New York State.

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Title: South Carolina Man Indicted in U.S. District Court, Greenville SC
Start Date: 1/4/2016
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On June 9, 2015, Thomas Lindsey was indicted in U.S. District Court, Greenville, South Carolina, on charges of false statements related to the unauthorized administering of commercial driver's license (CDL) tests.

On August 31, 2015, Thomas Lindsey pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court, Greenville, South Carolina, to false statements related to the unauthorized administering of commercial driver's license (CDL) tests

On December 15, 2015, Thomas Lindsey was sentenced to two years’ probation in U.S. District Court, Greenville, SC, for making false statements related to the unauthorized administering of commercial driver’s license (CDL) tests.

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