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Hoodwinked!!

It’s been almost 10 years since I started CDL School.

Time has sure flown by!

I began writing about my experiences with poor and unsafe training to help others like me in 2008.

By 2010, the number of women and men who contacted me seeking help had numbered the thousands.

It became so overwhelming that I knew I needed to disappear from the internet altogether or move forward with some form of an official organization.

I even moved to Mexico for a while but the email messages and phone calls kept coming!

In 2013, the REAL Women in Trucking, Inc. became a 501 (c)(6) membership organization for drivers. It’s a small nonprofit that has operated on less than $6,000.00 a year until 2016, when we doubled that number.

We are so very proud that we have been able to use those funds to carry the voice of the drivers who have contacted us for support.

I didn’t enter truck driving school to be a public person. The exposure has limited my working capacity and it also has taken me away from focusing on my personal life.

Despite everything thrown at me though I finished college, began a masters degree program and this month became an owner operator. I am a truck driver by choice! 

It’s been difficult for me though to separate my concern for people when I am not sure of their true intentions. I’ve been burned many times by women who have come to RWIT for help over the years. At least 6 I can think of had developed an obsession with me simply because of my you tube channel.

Some became fixated to the point that their goal was to try to get close to me for the wrong reasons. Some just wanted someone like me to defend their misdeeds.

Over the past few years I’ve learned the hard way about a few women truck drivers that only wanted access to me as an avenue to keep their “hustle” going.

They are NOT what REAL Women in Trucking represents.

Some of these women have exposed themselves as the professional street cons that they are and this post is meant to warn others.

I built a reputation in social media sticking up for vulnerable and abused women, but as it turns out, some of the women I once stuck up for are actually the abusers themselves.

When I become aware of it, I take the necessary steps to distance myself from these people. Some lash out at me publically as a result.

These women have watched me on you tube , read this blog , my twitter, my Facebook and sought me out to help them appear innocent and credible.

Sometimes these women had mental health issues, sometimes they were career criminals. Sometimes both. Anyone who has a public personality, regardless of how small knows you quickly become a target.

Being outspoken is not for the thin-skinned.

One particular woman appeared over four years ago. She called RWIT for a shoulder of support after a bad training experience. Over the years we spoke from time to time. I found her to be pleasant, sweet, intelligent and thoughtful but recently I learned she has made a career of entrapping men and later claiming she was molested or victimized.

I want to apologize to you. I was scammed by her too.

Over the years , I’ve listened with concern to her horrific stories of being victimized by her employers, co-drivers and employees.

Myself and many others on Facebook saw her as a light hearted Christian woman who just had a lot of bad luck. Many of us have tried to befriend her, to show her that there are good people in this world.

I wanted her to know nice people and I introduced her to some for a business venture. People who trust me.

Almost immediately she committed fraud.

On the surface, she is overboard with the caring, religious woman routine. Her easy going demeanor is just an act to get closer to you. It’s part of the con.

This is a warning!

This woman is dangerous, especially to male truck drivers.

Many of us have had a troubled past. I’ve been in trouble with the law myself when I was younger but I cleaned up my act.

I’ve met many truck drivers that have done the same. The problem is that this individual is desperate and is looking for a new “mark”.

It is emerging that she has been committing insurance fraud and may have colluded to have her tractor and trailer stolen to collect the insurance money this past spring but she didn’t stop there.

She recently insured a trailer to a LLC company where she was a partner with me. The trailer was not owned by the company, and it’s existence in VIN record checks show nothing. She either no longer owns it, it is a cloned VIN or it may not exist at all. In any case, this trailer was used as collateral to get a personal loan that she cannot repay. She had no authorization to do such a thing. She also very quickly spent the money from the loan without producing receipts to the business. She shortly afterwards emptied the bank accounts without authorization and made no payments on the equipment recently purchased.

She has hacked email accounts, attempted to cancel/transfer IRP plates to herself she is not entitled to use and numerous other acts intended to commit fraud.

She has “acquired” thousands of dollars from various male drivers who thought they were helping an innocent person who needed a hand up.

Some of them have stated she was very “touchy feely” with them. Offering sex to them and encouraging them to buy drugs.

I don’t know just how many men actually took her up on her offer only to be accused of raping or molesting her later. I only know she has made MANY accusations over the years.

Her criminal history includes but is not limited to:

  • Grand theft auto
  • Initiating, organizing or planning theft of property and trafficking stolen property
  • Forgery
  • Felony Counts: Uttering a Forged Instrument

This woman is a professional and should not have access to any of your paperwork, passwords, bank records, equipment titles, or VIN numbers.

Guys, DO NOT put yourself in a position where she can seduce you to have sex with her or claim that you were innappropriate with her. She will likely claim later it was not consensual.

She seeks men through social media sites and forums, especially Facebook. She targets people that appear to have a “following” and probably to “Phish” through your friends looking for her next victim. She targets men that have expensive truck equipment, tangible possessions. “Big, Little Guys”.

She is currently on the move and running out of money. Don’t be her next target! One guy just called me and is willing to testify in court against her. This is NO JOKE! 

She last posted about going to Houston in a rental car to do volunteer work. This is part of her scam. She frequently likes to paint herself as the sweet savior of the needy. She is exactly the opposite.

Last year she documented “saving “a homeless man named “Bobby” who later stole her truck and trailer. It appears that perhaps “Bobby” and this woman pulled a scam on the insurance company and everyone on Facebook who shared her BOLO (Be on the Look Out) alert was oblivious that she staged the theft with “Bobby”.

There will be charges filed on her soon to put her back in jail, but for now, be warned.

She is Caucasian and has dirty blond hair and green eyes but she rarely posts pictures of herself. She has many aliases and does not use her last name on Facebook. She has resided in Michigan, Tennessee and Florida, possibly Alabama.

Again, most people think she’s a sweet Christian girl who just has a lot of bad luck but that is just an act. This woman is a criminal who is targeting lonely truck drivers with big hearts.

That’s all I can say right now about this.

Her trail of first hand victims are coming forward to connect the dots and are offering to provide depositions to put this woman behind bars where she belongs. We don’t want anyone else to get hurt.

Thanks for reading this,

Desiree

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MEDIA CONTACT: Kristine M. Gobbo

561-463-0777, Kristine@spectrum-pr.com

REAL Women in Trucking to Bring Advocacy, Education to the Great American Trucking Show                     

LAKE WORTH, Fla. (July 26, 2017) – REAL Women in Trucking, Inc. (RWIT) will participate in its first trade show, the Great American Trucking Show, held August 24 – 26 in Dallas, Texas. RWIT is a grassroots, driver-led 501 (c) 6 trade organization formed by seasoned female commercial motor vehicle drivers, providing information and resources for fellow drivers, prospective CDL students, trucking executives and the non-trucking community to increase safety on the roadways.

“We’re excited to not only participate in our first show, but also provide much-needed advocacy and education for lady truckers and all commercial drivers. We are very grateful to our sponsors, Ackermann & Tilajef, P.C. and Truckers Justice Center, who have strong ties with the trucking industry and are true partners in increasing fairness and safety,” said Desiree Wood, Founder/President of RWIT.

Sponsored by Craig Ackermann Esq., founder of the California-based law firm, Ackermann & Tilajef, P.C., RWIT will host the “Ask a Lawyer – Q & A” for drivers. The session will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, August 25 and will be moderated by Wood. Expert attorneys on hand will include Paul Taylor and Peter Lavoie from Minnesota-based Truckers Justice Center and Steve Arenson from the New York City-based Arenson, Dittmar & Karman firm. They will address driver inquiries on a variety of topics, including sexual harassment, employment labor, lease violations, DAC reporters, misclassified drivers, and more. Questions can be asked anonymously, and anyone who cannot attend the event is encouraged submit questions in advance toinfo@realwomenintrucking.org. Seating is limited.

RWIT’s booth number is 8052, located near OnRamp to Health and across from Operation Roger Pet Transport. The booth will provide information about the organization, significant recent legal cases that were won on behalf of truck drivers, as well as upcoming special events.

Sponsored by Truckers Justice Center, a specialization area for Taylor & Associates, Ltd., RWIT will also host the “Lady Trucker Panel Discussion” on the main exhibit floor stage at 4 p.m. on Friday, August 25. The panel will be moderated by RWIT Treasurer and longtime trucker, Idella Hansen. Panelists include Cheryl Bean, Cheryl Pollard, Christina Dills and Sonja Tucci, women truck drivers from different sectors of the industry. They will discuss pros and cons of the types of work they perform, and their concerns for the industry. Both the “Ask a Lawyer – Q & A” and “Lady Trucker Panel Discussion” sessions will be recorded for the RWIT YouTube Channel.

At the trade show booth, RWIT will raffle one VIP package per day to the Phoenix International Raceway – Camp Out in the Desert, which is held during NASCAR weekend in November, a $300.00 value, plus other giveaways, including the upcoming Lady Trucker Cruise. RWIT representative will also film two-minute lady truck driver “SPEAK YOUR MIND!” videos for the RWIT YouTube Channel.

In addition, Hansen is hosting the daily Idella’s Puppy Paradise for trucking dogs, after exhibit hours from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the TA/Petro Truck Parking Community at Fair Park.

For more information on RWIT and activities at the Great American Trucking Show, visitwww.realwomenintrucking.com or email info@realwomenintrucking.org.

– RWIT –

 

 

About REAL Women in Trucking, Inc.:

REAL Women in Trucking, Inc. promotes safety by educating the public about unsafe truck driver training and has created a network of support for women entering trucking. The mission of REAL Women in Trucking, Inc. is to deliver highway safety through leadership, mentorship, education and advocacy.

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Here is some personal insight on why there is a sudden 2015 “image” of Women in Trucking campaign targeted at women truckers. Perhaps the “image” that needs improvement the most is industry executives, including the women who colluded to cover-up sexual harassment and discrimination in entry-level driver training carriers.

2014 was a year of milestones for the REAL Women in Trucking which was founded in response to the lack of responsible representation from the trucking industry. We finally launched our membership organization and experienced a number of transitions, triumphs,and bittersweet moments. Each achievement, no matter how small has moved us a little closer to the organization we wish to become.

The big news on December 23, 2014 was that an appellate court overturned the $4 Million fee award granted to CRST Van Expedited in the Class Action Sex Harassment Case. Here is the link: “Universal Finding” that EEOC claims against CRST Trucking are without foundation fee award reversed“.

The history of the legal debacle that served injustice to so many aspiring women truckers is worthy of a suspense motion picture script. Here is the synopsis> Poorly educated , disenfranchised women struggling to make a new life for themselves, driven by faith and determination enter truck driver training. They naively believe that if they work hard and show aptitude for the work, they can live a life of freedom from office shackles, the loneliness of empty nest syndrome or escape from toxic relationships. Alas, something sinister is underfoot, a corporate system set up for failure, a training system chock full of internal support that does not work, trainers and co-drivers who are empowered by a weak misconduct reporting system and a female trucking student population that are viewed as “fresh meat” , an opportunity for predators and controls freaks. A potential victim to be isolated for selfish pleasures. Not all of the victims are women, the men rarely report the abuse and the few courageous women that make it through the trucking obstacle course to reach out for help find they are shouted down into silence by seasoned female drivers. Intimidated into silence by female executives and organizations who accept sponsor dollars from the most offensive carriers. The road to becoming a qualified lady truckers becomes an abyss for those who dare to “STAND UP AND SPEAK OUT ON INJUSTICE“. (more…)

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MEDIA CONTACT: Kristine M. Gobbo

561-463-0777, Kristine@spectrum-pr.com

REAL Women in Trucking, Inc. Launches to Advocate for Urgently Needed Industry Changes while Supporting Female Truckers

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. (February 11, 2015) – The promise of a fresh start and great pay draws thousands of people, including many women, to become truck drivers, but fundamental flaws in the driver recruiting and training process are putting female truckers, and all drivers on major highways, at risk. A newly launched trade association, REAL Women in Trucking, Inc. (RWIT), is working to change the industry from the inside out, and seeks the community’s help to raise awareness and support for issues that put drivers in danger.

RWIT was initially formed in 2010 by female truckers to protest poor conditions that were not being effectively addressed by the trucking industry. The women found the driver training process to be a harrowing experience, as they received little training, even driving tractor-trailers without proper instruction. Worse, training often included being paired with drivers who verbally and physically abused the women, and made aggressive sexual advances. (more…)

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