Men have been charged with an alleged scheme to defraud the Pennsylvania Turnpike of $1 million

Harrisburg, Pennsylvania (WHTM) — The Department of Justice announced that it has indicted two men by a federal grand jury for defrauding the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission.

According to U.S. Representative Gerard M. Karam, the indictment alleges that in 2018, 43-year-old Duvanny Zambrano of Hamilton, New Jersey, and 37-year-old Sergio Jara of Allentown, as well as others, began buying thousands of EZ Passes. Transponders are from retailers in both Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

They proceeded to register the transponders using false personal information and false credit card information. They then sold the transponders to New Jersey-area truckers who traveled on hauling stuff.

Because of this, the indictment alleges that Zambrano, Jara, and others avoided paying nearly $1 million in fees.

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This indictment was revealed following Zambrano and Gaara’s debut. Their trial is currently scheduled for March 4, before US District Judge Christopher C. Connor.

The maximum penalty under federal law for this offense is 20 years imprisonment, prof
Term of supervised release after imprisonment and a fine.