United States v. Celadon Group Inc.
PENDING CRIMINAL DIVISION CASES
United States v. Celadon Group Inc.
Court Docket No.: 1:19-cr-0141-JRS-DML (S.D. Indiana)
United States v. Danny Ray Williams
Court Docket No.: 1:19-cr-138-RLY (S.D. Indiana)
United States v. William Eric Meek and Bobby Lee Peavler
Court Docket No.: 1:19-cr-378-JMS (S.D. Indiana)
Court Assigned: These cases are docketed in the Southern District of Indiana. United States v. Danny Ray Williams is assigned to Judge Richard L. Young. United States v. Celadon Group Inc. and United States v. William Eric Meek and Bobby Lee Peavler are assigned to Judge Jane Magnus-Stinson.
Latest Updates: On November 10, 2022 defendant Williams was sentenced to a term of time served and $ 100 special assessment.
The case against defendants Meek and Peavler has been dismissed.
United States v. Celadon Group: On April 25, 2019, Celadon Group Inc. (“Celadon”), entered into a five-year deferred prosecution agreement (DPA) to resolve an April 2019 information charging it with one count of conspiracy to commit securities fraud and books and records violations. The case is primarily focused on the fact that Celadon knowingly filed materially false and misleading statements to investors and falsified books, records and accounts with regard to the values of assets (trucks) involved in a series of trade transactions that were recorded at inflated values and not fair market value.
Under the terms of the DPA, Celadon is required to pay full restitution of $42.2 million to shareholder victims directly and proximately harmed as a result of the commission of the offense, which will be paid over a period of years consistent with 18 U.S.C. § 3664(f)(2), (3)(A). Celadon also agreed to implement rigorous internal controls and cooperate fully with the Department’s ongoing investigation, including its investigation of individuals. Under the DPA, prosecution of the company for securities fraud will be deferred for an initial period of approximately five years, subject to approval by the court, to allow Celadon to demonstrate good conduct.
The Department reached this resolution based on a number of factors, including Celadon’s ongoing cooperation with the United States and the company’s extensive efforts at remediation. Among other remedial efforts, the company no longer employs the executives involved in wrongdoing, and the company replaced its executive management team with experienced executives who display a commitment to building an ethical corporate culture. Furthermore, Celadon created the new position of Chief Accounting Officer and hired an experienced Internal Audit staff member reporting directly to the Company’s Internal Audit Manager.
For more information about the Celadon Group Inc. Deferred Prosecution Agreement, please see below:
United States v. Danny Williams: The United States filed an Information and plea agreement against Danny Williams, the former President of Quality Companies LLC (Quality), a wholly owned subsidiary of Celadon that leased tractors and trailers to owner-operator truck drivers. Danny Williams was charged with one count of conspiracy to commit securities fraud, to make false statements to a public company’s accountants, and to falsify books, records and accounts of a public company in connection with Celadon’s crimes.
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United States v. Meek and Peavler: On October 30, 2020, William Eric Meek, former chief operating officer of Celadon Group Inc., and Bobby Lee Peavler, former chief financial officer of Celadon Group Inc., were charged with one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud, bank fraud and securities fraud five counts of wire fraud; two counts of securities fraud; one count of conspiracy to make false statements to a public company’s accountants and to falsify books, records, and accounts of a public company; and one count of making false statements to a public company’s accountants. Peavler was charged with two additional counts of making false statements to a public company’s accountants.
For more information about United States v. Meek and Peavler, please see below:
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