D.A. Landis Trucking, Inc., and its owner, Dean A. Landis, 45, were charged this week by with conspiracy to cause the trucking company’s commercial truck drivers to prepare and maintain false and fraudulent driver daily logbooks, which the defendants knew to be false and fraudulent, during the period from January 2007 to November 2009, announced United States Attorney Zane David Memeger. D.A. Landis Trucking, Inc. is 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”).
According to the information, the defendants routinely disregarded federal highway safety regulations by allowing, encouraging, and causing commercial truck drivers employed by D.A. Landis Trucking, Inc. to operate commercial trucks in violation of federal highway safety regulations. It is alleged that defendants instructed employees of the company 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. It is also alleged that 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.
If convicted, defendant D.A. Landis Trucking, Inc., faces a maximum possible sentence of up to 5 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.