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Sat Sep 28, 2019, 01:38 AM

Maryland Man Pleads Guilty to Federal Wire Fraud Charges in Connection With a Scheme to Defraud

Maryland Man Pleads Guilty to Federal Wire Fraud Charges in Connection With a Scheme to Defraud Trucking Companies and Brokers of More Than $1 Million


Baltimore, Maryland – William Francis Hickey III, age 43, of Elkton, Maryland, pleaded guilty to federal charges of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and wire fraud in connection with a scheme to defraud trucking companies and logistical brokers of more than $1 million. The guilty plea was entered on September 26, 2019.

The guilty plea was announced by United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Robert K. Hur; Postal Inspector in Charge Peter R. Rendina of the U.S. Postal Inspection Service - Washington Division; and Special Agent in Charge Jamie Mazzone of the U.S. Department of Transportation Office of Inspector General.

According to his plea agreement, Hickey was the managing member of Hickey Consulting LLC and president of Latino Consulting LLC, both headquartered in Baltimore. Hickey maintained bank accounts in the names of both companies, which he used to deposit checks fraudulently obtained by his co-conspirators.

Specifically, from May 2016 through January 31, 2019, Hickey conspired with others, including a co-conspirator in Pakistan, to devise and execute a scheme to defraud trucking companies and logistical brokers hired by shippers to arrange for trucking companies to transport their loads. As detailed in the plea agreement, logistical brokers are hired by shippers of goods to arrange for transportation of the goods by trucking companies. Brokers pay trucking companies for transporting loads through “truck industry checks,” by providing a numerical code, referred to in the trucking industry as an “express code,” which the trucking company uses to populate a blank check from its book of truck industry checks. The broker typically makes two payments to the trucking company—a fuel advance, which is made after the company has picked up its load, and the final payment after the load has been delivered. Truck industry checks can be deposited into a bank account or cashed at a truck stop or check-cashing establishment.

Read more: https://www.justice.gov/usao-md/pr/maryland-man-pleads-guilty-federal-wire-fraud-charges-connection-scheme-defraud-trucking

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