Jonathan Leland Moore, the former CFO of Arrow Trucking is getting restless. After serving 10 months out of his 35-month prison sentence, Moore is claiming that he shouldn’t be spending so much time in jail or paying as much in restitution for his crimes.
When Arrow Trucking went out of business without warning just a few days before Christmas in 2009, they stranded drivers all across the country and left their 1,700+ employees out of work. Both Moore and the CEO of the company, Douglas Pielsticker, pled guilty to various crimes stemming from their illegal management of the company.
Moore pled guilty to one count of conspiracy to defraud the United States, and one count of conspiracy to commit bank fraud. He was ordered to spend 35 months in prison and pay more than $21 million to the IRS and a bank which was defrauded thanks to an inflated invoice scheme that Moore executed.
At the time of his sentencing, a few eyebrows were raised when the judge pushed back the date that Moore was to report to prison so that he would be able to spend the holidays with his family. Former Arrow Trucking employees expressed their displeasure that an executive was allowed to enjoy the holidays when he was part of the reason that they had found themselves stranded and unemployed over those same holidays years before.
According to a claim filed by Moore in federal court, he should not be serving as much time, nor repaying as much money as he is. Moore claims that it’s his lawyer’s fault, saying that it was ineffective counsel which stuck him with 5 months more prison time and $9 million more to repay than he should have gotten.
Moore isn’t alone, Pielsticker is also trying to appeal his sentence which will keep him in prison for 7½ years for tax evasion and conspiracy to commit tax fraud.
Source: tulsaworld, truckersreport
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#1 The Judge should spend this Christmas week in jail for his actions #2 Give him another 36 months
oh darn…poor fella…..sooo misunderstood.
I think 35 years is a better sentence.
Joe Bartman says
Looks like someone started getting advice from other inmates. He’s going to attempt a 2255 ineffective council and get a new trial. He probably found out that other inmates had longer sentences with much less restitution. Or shorter sentences with less restitution. Whatever he has been hearing about in there, he’s not yet realized that there is zero congruence when it comes to federal sentencing and restitution.
Even if he gets the 2255 motion, he’s only got 25 more months on his sentence. Waste of time. He would most likely be able to get to a halfway house in another 15 months.
Cliff Downing says
I have no problem with him getting out. Why should the rest of us have to pay to warehouse this knuckle dragger. The Constitution still allows it, so indenture this knot head to servitude and work until he has paid off every one.. twice over. Even if he has to work till the day he dies to accomplish that. If we really had some sort of idea of justice in this country, it would be victim centered and not law centered.
Mike Stewart says
You weren’t left out in the cold with no fuel, money or transportation 1000 miles from home!
He should stay there until he pays back EVERY driver he stranded and he should pay for his stay in prison!
Username*Gordon A says
Both of the crooks knew what they were doing from the git go. They knew it was possible they would get caught. They knew that their families might suffer but GREED took over.
Despite the fact they knew they were breaking the law, stealing from employees they continued to do so, and got caught. Now they want someone to feel so sorry for them that they need to be released early and NOT pay back court ordered restitution to the ones that lost homes,families, insurance,whole ways of life they had.Some have not been able to recover from the financial disaster these two criminals put upon some of the employees. Won’t go in to the vendors that got screwed also. These guys need to stay behind bars and serve their full sentence then get out and repay their debt. They earned it and should live it.Lets don’t start to get all so soft, the poor babies are having a tough time in jail feelings. Besides Bubba and Tyrone would have to look for a new Barbie lover. Can’t let that happen now can we.? They earned it,let them have it. 3 hots and a cot is good enough .Free medical too.
They don’t even realize their demise is far from over when they get out. So many drivers with unstable mentalities for sure will pay them a personal visit.
I’ve been in the same situation being stranded after the company goes out of business.whats worse is finding out the tractor trailer you are operating isn’t insured or registered.make sure you drivers do the homework and check to see the company you are working for are on the up & up.
those employees had no clue that was going to happen? Somebody had to see something, like money coming in and nothing going out.
Miss Elvee says
I remember seeing them at the truck stops. Our company asked us to give them rides if they were heading along our routes. It was a total train wreck. Luckily, everyone in the industry stepped in to support these guys. Got ’em home and got ’em new driving jobs.
You didn’t see the faces. They were blindsided. Under load and only found out when fuel cards stopped working. It was awful.
Same here Miss Elvee. We were told to give them rides as far as we could and to provide them with the number to our hiring department
We had no clue. I jumped ship in july 09. I kept having issues with either pay being late or breakdown was unable to pay for a blown tire for 22hrs while under a load for delivery. Late pay was explained away by computer glitch, then following week it was wont hit pay wont hit our accounts till friday evening instead of fri am…then oh it wont hit till mon am…etc…
I jumped…something wasnt right…
BASEBALL bat says
He hasn’t learned yet that you can’t blame others for your problems. But for that matter, half of the country is the same way…
T B says
This is why you as a driver or an employee must pay attention to your company’s boss and the money and when you see the new boss doing thing that the old boss or owner would have never done then that a good time to start checking the quartly reports and the money trail and get out before it’s gone!!! The office personnel should have warned others that there was funny business going on and I am sure they did and no one wanted to believe it!!!
He no doubt thinks that he has been mistreated by the justice system…I am sure that there are 1700 employees that would argue with him…He’ serving 3 years for defrauding a bank, the government, and destroying the lives of 1700 people…He got off with an easy sentence…I’m sure once he gets out he’ll disappear, change his name, and identity, and start this all over again.