On June 27, 2006, we (Schisler Trucking, LLC) signed a formal agreement to pick up and deliver a load brokered by Lester Klindera d.b.a. J.L.K. Transportation Services out of Chico, Texas. (Other names that appear on thir Federal Highway Administration authority include Jeanne Klindera and Lester Klindera.)
On June 28, 2006, we picked up this load at Grand Island, Nebraska. We delivered it on July 5, 2006 to Sedro-Woolley, Washington. The load was billed on July 11, 2006 to J.L.K. Transportation Services for the agreed-upon amount of $3400.00 on a net-thirty basis - meaning the invoice would become due on August 10, 2006.
On July 17, 2006, we received a telephone call from Sandi at J.L.K. Transportation Services requesting a fax copy of a bill of lading which was duly sent the same day.
Today, August 21, 2006, we contacted J.L.K. Transportation Services because their invoice was past due. A woman named Sandi answered the call and led us to believe that she was no longer associated with J.L.K. Transportation and that the company had filed bankruptcy.
Upon reviewing the invoice and the associated paperwork, we discovered this mysterious Sandi was the same woman we had faxed a copy of the bill of lading to on July 17. Hmmmmm...
We called her back.
She didn't answer our call. Funny.
We called her back again. Still no answer.
We faxed her a copy of the invoice indicating payment was due and prompt remittance would be appreciated. We figured if she wasn't associated with the company, the number would be disconnected, right? Strange - the fax went through. Hmmmmm.
We called her again, and this time she answered. She said she was only leasing the office space and was not associated with J.L.K. Transportation but that she would "try to pay us under the table" without the bankruptcy attorneys' knowledge if we just "leave me alone for now and call me in the morning".
Truckers, watch out for people like this! You work hard enough for your money - don't let some scam artist rip you off!
Oak Harbor, Washington