Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of Pennsylvania
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, March 23, 2016
Superseding Indictment Charges Owner Of Trucking Business With Fraud
PHILADELPHIA – A superseding indictment was filed today charging Volodymyr Kurylo, a/k/a “Volodya” a/k/a “Vova,” 35, of Richboro, PA, and Vitalii Vitiuk, 28, of Philadelphia, PA, with one count of conspiracy to defraud the United States and one count of conspiracy to produce an identification document without lawful authority, announced United States Attorney Zane David Memeger.
Volodymyr Kurylo operated VN Trucking, which, among other things, provided truck driver training. Vitalii Vitiuk worked for Kurylo. PennDOT requires that applicants for a Pennsylvania Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) provide proof of residency. According to the indictment, between June 2014 and September 2015, the defendants conspired to provide false residency documents to VN Trucking students who resided outside of Pennsylvania. For example, it is alleged that Kurylo obtained genuine utility bills and then had those bills falsified to indicate that the bill was in the student’s name and that the student resided at the Pennsylvania address. Kurylo also allegedly fabricated a false lease document for two CDL students who did not reside in Pennsylvania.
It is further alleged that between February 2015 and December 2015, Kurylo operated VN Trucking in violation of a January 2015 Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration order that VN Trucking cease operations. Kurylo, it is alleged, continued to dispatch trucks and drivers to transport property using VN trucks, conducting the business of VN Trucking at its offices in Bensalem, Pennsylvania, and by using other motor carriers to conceal the operations of VN Trucking.
If convicted, defendant Kurylo faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison and defendant Vitiuk faces a maximum sentence of 15 years in prison.
The case was investigated by the U.S. Department of Transportation, Office of Inspector General and the Federal Bureau of Investigation and is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Frank A. Labor III and Michael T. Donovan.
An indictment is an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.