SACRAMENTO, CA - An Antelope man who cheated trucking companies out of pay for deliveries was sentenced to 10 years, 10 months in prison in Sacramento federal court Tuesday.
In addition, Kulwant Sing Gill, 53, must pay $443,388 to his victims.
According to the U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of California, Gill was first indicted in 2006 and continued to defraud companies while on pre-trial release until a second indictment in 2008.
He pleaded guilty in September, 2009 to eight counts of wire fraud and five counts of lying to the federal government.
Gill owned, operated and brokered companies to transport freight, according to court records. He would go online to "load-posting" boards to find loads to transport and arrange to move them for a set price. Then he would re-post those same loads on the same or different "load-posting" boards to find another trucking company to transport them. Those companies would transport the freight, Gill would receive payment from the original brokers who believed Gill had done the job himself.
Prosecutors alleged in more than 100 cases, Gill then refused to pay the trucking companies who had actually performed the work and kept the payments for himself.