Two men sentenced for Internet, mail fraud

Nicholas Lakes and Viacheslav Berkovich have been sentenced to 70 months and 55 months, respectively, for using a federal Internet website and the U.S. mail to defraud trucking companies of more than $2.7 million.

They accessed the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s Safety and Fitness Electronic Records System (SAFER) website in order to register fictitious carrier and brokerage entities, and they then used commercial load boards to double-broker loads to legitimate trucking companies they never paid.