Owner of Utah Trucking Companies, Hubert Ivan Ugarte Pleads Guilty to Role in FedEx Trucking Bribery Scheme Worth $24 Million and PPP Loan Fraud
SALT LAKE CITY (STL.News) Hubert Ivan Ugarte, 52, of Draper, Utah, pleaded guilty for his role in two separate fraud schemes last week in federal court. Ugarte first pleaded guilty to charges related to a federal bribery case involving the procurement of FedEx Ground (FXG) contract shipping routes worth $24 million dollars of profit and also pleaded guilty to fraudulently obtaining a federal Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan for other trucking companies.
In the bribery case, Ugarte was convicted of fraud and money laundering charges for his involvement in a pay-to-play trucking scheme where prosecutors alleged that Ugarte was one of ten defendants who paid approximately $1 million in bribes to the Utah FXG Ground Hub manager in order to exploit the manager’s position with FedEx and make their trucking businesses as lucrative as possible.
In the plea agreement, Ugarte admitted to bribing the FXG senior linehaul manager, Ryan Lee Mower, with approximately $490,000 which netted Ugarte’s trucking companies over $24 million dollars during a seven-year period between 2012 and 2019.