Business owners owed UPS Freight $782,000 in freight forwarding scam.
In 2009, Dustin and Jennifer Griswold searched for businesses that were required shipping or transportation services. Dustin Griswold contacted a business in Connecticut and presented their business. Their business, he claimed, was called Harmoni Shipping, and was a multi-truck, multi-driver transportation business. He claimed that Harmoni Shipping was able to transport national and international freight. The Griswolds agreed to ship products for the Connecticut business in return for weekly, or regular payment. Once the company had placed some orders with Harmoni Shipping, the Griswolds entered into a contract with UPS Freight, agreeing that UPS would transport the shipments for his customer.
When UPS had completed the shipments, they billed the Griswolds for their services. The Griswolds, however, failed to pay UPS, despite having been paid by their customer in Connecticut. Over the next two months, they scammed businesses out of thousands of dollars for a service Harmoni was not providing. Worse still, they incurred a UPS bill of $782,000, which they never paid. During the fraud, Jennifer Griswold claimed that they had mailed a check to UPS Freight, and that a $29,000 wire payment would be made to UPS. Neither of these statements were true, and the Griswolds never paid any money to UPS.