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Bulgarian National Sentenced to Federal Prison for Defrauding FedEx

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Western District of Tennessee

Memphis, TN – A Bulgarian national has been sentenced to 37 months in federal prison for mail fraud. U.S. Attorney D. Michael Dunavant for the Western District of Tennessee announced the sentence today.

According to information presented in court, Dimitar Petlechkov, 35, engaged in a scheme to defraud FedEx by fraudulently linking his FedEx shipping account to a national shipping account that had significant shipping discounts. Petlechkov was not entitled to receive these discounts. He then offered reduced shipping rates to third party shippers to use his FedEx account for their own shipping needs. Petlechkov offered them a better shipping rate than they could get on their own, but not the full discount he fraudulently received. The scheme ran for almost five years, from January 2009 to April 2014. Petlechkov made over $300,000 in profits during that time.

U.S. Attorney D. Michael Dunavant said, "This long-term fraudulent scheme had significant financial consequences to the corporate interests of the victim, FedEx Corporation, and created unfair business advantages in interstate commerce and the shipping industry. This office is committed to the protection of business and corporate interests in interstate commerce, and this sentence, restitution, and subsequent removal will hold the defendant accountable while providing justice for the victim."

On August 31, 2018, U.S. District Court Judge Jon P. McCalla sentenced Petlechkov to 37 months imprisonment; Petlechkov was also ordered to pay restitution of $801,000 to FedEx and faces deportation to Bulgaria at the conclusion of his sentence. Petlechkov has been in the United States illegally as a visa overstay since 2000.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) investigated this case.

Assistant U.S. Attorney David Pritchard prosecuted this case on the government’s behalf.

Updated September 4, 2018