Lancaster Truck Company And Owner Plead Guilty To Logbook Fraud
ALLENTOWN - Dean A. Landis, 45, of Willow Street, PA, entered guilty pleas today on his own behalf and on behalf of D.A. Landis Trucking, Inc., a Lancaster, PA company that he owned, in connection with a conspiracy to falsify driver daily logbooks. Between 2007 and 2009, Landis instructed trucking company drivers to prepare and maintain false and fraudulent driver daily logbooks to conceal violations of federal highway safety regulations.
The trucking company was also charged with making false statements in a matter within the jurisdiction of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration of the United States Department of Transportation (“USDOT”). The defendants instructed employees to prepare two sets of driver’s logs, one of which was false and intended for USDOT to conceal violations of federal motor carrier safety regulations from federal and state officials and agents who reviewed and inspected the drivers' daily logbooks. Drivers were allegedly instructed to complete false “Daily Trip Sheets” in which the drivers falsely entered on-duty and off-duty times and falsely certified to the truthfulness and accuracy of the logbook entries. The defendants dispatched the company's commercial truck drivers on trips which defendants knew required excessive hours of driving time and excessive hours of "on-duty" time, without allowing for the required hours of rest or "off-duty" time.
Sentencing is scheduled for July 24, 2012. D.A. Landis Trucking, Inc., faces a maximum possible sentence of up to five years probation, a fine of up to $5.5 million, and a $4,400 special assessment. Defendant Dean A. Landis faces a maximum possible sentence of 5 years imprisonment, 3 years supervised release, a $250,000 fine, and a $100 special assessment.
The case was investigated by the U.S. Department of Transportation Office of Inspector General and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration Office of Criminal Investigations and is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney John J. Pease.
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