I just got word about a pending civil case filed in the Superior Court of California, County of Los Angeles. The case was filed on May 20, 2011 and it alleges Negligence, Willful Misconduct, and Intentional Infliction of Emotional Distress against both Mainline Transportation (a.k.a. ZooZ Transportation) as well as Penske Rental Trucks. As we all know, this is standard fare for these scammers, but the difference this time is this story is totally different from the moving scam we’ve all been through.
Here’s the main part of the complaint:
On or about January 13, 2011, Plaintiffs were the operators of a truck entrusted to them by Defendants. The aforesaid truck had been leased by Defendant Mainline from Defendant Penske. Unbeknownst to Plaintiffs, Defendant Mainline was or had been behind on lease payments to Defendant Penske. Further, unbeknownst to Plaintiffs and either due to miscommunications between the Defendants, and each of them, or due to an intentional action by the Defendants, and each of them, the aforesaid truck was reported as stolen.
On or about January 13, 2011, Plaintiffs were arrested and held in jail for 7 days on charges of Grand Theft — Auto. Plaintiffs had to post bail to obtain their release from jail, and thereafter had to make court appearances following their release in order to exonerate themselves.
Here’s a full copy of the complaint: Fernandez v. Mainline (PDF).