A Tijuana man pleaded guilty to federal wire fraud charges Thursday for a scheme targeting trucking companies and freight brokers, earning him nearly $250,000.
The US Attorney’s Office says Alexis Castillo Padilla, 45, participated in a “double broker” scheme, in which he used the stolen identity of a Spring Valley trucking company to agree to make freight deliveries.
But instead of delivering that cargo, an indictment filed against Padilla says he posed as a shipper and redistributed the loads to other carriers.
Once the deliveries were made, Padilla collected the payments as if he had made the deliveries. Of that money, little or none went to the actual carriers, according to the indictment.
The U.S. attorney’s office said he ran most of the program from Tijuana. He was arrested in Italy and extradited to the United States earlier this year.
His plea deal includes restitution payments of at least $239,904 to victims.
U.S. attorney Randy Grossman said Padilla would be held liable for using “deceit and deceit to defraud freight brokers and interstate carriers who attempt to make an honest living moving cargo across the United States. “.
– city news service