Trucking information and briefs for Friday, Sept. 17, 2021:
Actuality TV star, trucking firm proprietor sentenced for PPP fraud, Ponzi scheme
Maurice Fayne, who starred within the actuality TV sequence “Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta” and owned Flame Trucking, has been sentenced to greater than 17 years in federal jail for conspiracy and wire fraud associated to a Ponzi scheme, and for financial institution fraud and making false statements to a monetary establishment associated to a Paycheck Safety Program mortgage software.
In keeping with Performing U.S. Lawyer Kurt R. Erskine, from March 2013 by way of Could 2020, Fayne ran a multistate Ponzi scheme that defrauded greater than 20 individuals who invested in his trucking enterprise. Fayne promised that he would use the traders’ cash to function the enterprise, however as a substitute, he used the cash to pay his private money owed and bills and to fund an extravagant life-style for himself. Through the scheme, Fayne spent greater than $5 million at a on line casino in Oklahoma.
In April 2020, Fayne submitted a $3.7 million PPP mortgage software to United Group Financial institution, falsely claiming that his trucking enterprise had 107 workers and a mean month-to-month payroll of $1,490,200. Fayne promised to make use of the PPP mortgage proceeds to retain employees and keep payroll or make mortgage curiosity funds, lease funds, and utility funds associated to his trucking enterprise.
In keeping with Erskine, nonetheless, Fayne used the PPP mortgage proceeds to pay baby assist and restitution owed in a earlier fraud case, purchase custom-made jewellery, lease a Rolls-Royce, pay associates who helped him in the Ponzi scheme and begin a brand new enterprise in Arkansas.
Fayne was sentenced by U.S. District Choose Mark H. Cohen to 17 years, six months in jail to be adopted by 5 years of supervised launch and ordered to pay restitution within the quantity of $4,465,865.55 to the victims. Fayne was convicted on these costs on Could 11, 2021, after he pleaded responsible.
Almost 50 immigrants rescued from tractor-trailer in human smuggling try
Border Patrol brokers assigned to the Freer Station close to Laredo, Texas, rescued nearly 50 individuals who had been discovered throughout an alleged human smuggling try locked inside a trailer close to Freer, Texas.
The incident occurred shortly after midnight on Sept. 15, when a tractor-trailer approached the checkpoint on U.S. Freeway 59. Throughout major inspection, a service canine alerted brokers to the cargo. The brokers then referred the trailer to a secondary inspection for additional inspection.
Through the inspection, brokers found almost 50 people locked contained in the trailer, the place the inside temperature was greater than 90 levels Fahrenheit. All people had been within the U.S. illegally and had been from the nations of Mexico, Guatemala, and El Salvador.
Rolling Sturdy supporting St. Christopher Fund initiatives
Rolling Sturdy, the supplier of well being and wellness applications for trucking corporations and their drivers, in addition to owner-operators, introduced it’s offering members within the St. Christopher Truckers Aid Fund (SCF) Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) with a free six-month membership to the Rolling Sturdy app, and it’s linking its platform to SCF’s Rigs with out Cigs program.
SCF’s DPP was launched in February 2021. Preliminary members who’ve accomplished the primary six months and at the moment are within the upkeep part for the subsequent six months will obtain a free membership to the Rolling Sturdy App with wellness teaching to assist them in sustaining their progress.
The free DPP initiative is an evidence-based life-style change program open to all Class A over-the-road drivers in danger for Sort 2 diabetes. The year-long program is led by a specifically skilled life-style coach and options webinars specializing in vitamin, train, stress administration, and extra. Eligible drivers who enroll can obtain scales, blood stress cuffs, exercise trackers, and resistance bands to assist with monitoring and success. Members are required to ship experiences on weight, blood stress, and exercise.
Rolling Sturdy can also be including a bit to its app referring drivers to the SCF Rigs with out Cigs program. The tobacco cessation participation and incentive program, which is open to all OTR drivers with a Class A CDL, supplies a number of rewards for being tobacco free after one month, three months, six months, and one 12 months.