Employee Sentenced to Five Years For Trucking Payroll Fraud

From 2017 to 2020, Rios exploited her position to overpay employees in return for kickbacks, resulting in overpayments ranging from over $140,000 to more than $424,000.

Employee Sentenced to Five Years For Trucking Payroll Fraud

Sentencing has moved forward in a case on a payroll fraud scheme that ended up costing over $1.4 million.

  • The Mastermind: Veronica Rios, an administrative assistant at Texas Chrome Transport and MJR Truck Lines, led the charge. She got a hefty 63-month prison sentence for her role.
  • The Accomplices: Six co-defendants, including coworkers and friends, received probation after plea deals.

Here's the scoop:

  • Inside Job: Rios abused her payroll duties from 2017 to 2020, overpaying employees in exchange for kickbacks.
  • Big Bucks: Overpayments totaled more than $424,000 to one, over $140,000 to another, and significant sums to several others, including non-existent employees added to the payroll.
  • Getting Caught: Their operation relied on "interstate wire communications," which landed them in federal court.

The Fallout

The total hit to the trucking companies was a staggering $1,407,392.43. This scheme was a major fraud that led to significant losses for the companies.

Source: FreightWaves

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