Connecticut Bus Company and its Office Manager Charged with Falsification of Drivers Records
On December 8, 2011, Wisla Express, LLC, in New Britain, Connecticut, and its office manager, Dariusz Stzeborowski, of Rocky Hill, Connecticut, were indicted by a federal grand jury with conspiring to obstruct a Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) audit by falsifying driver records required to be maintained under federal regulations for inspection. Wisla Express, LLC was a commercial passenger carrier operating vans, mini-buses, and tour buses.
The indictment alleges that between January 2010 and September 2010, Stzeborowski, as manager of Wisla Express, LLC, scheduled drivers to trips knowing that the drivers would be exceeding the maximum number of daily and weekly hours as stipulated under the law. Stzeborowski also allegedly falsified driving records to show that drivers did not drive over the amount of daily and weekly hours as required under the law and destroyed and covered-up other driving records, which showed that drivers had in fact driven over the maximum amount of daily and weekly hours on a regular and continuing basis. The falsified records were provided to FMCSA. The indictment also alleges that Stzeborowski instructed the drivers to falsify their driving logs, in which they were to record their total numbers of driving hours so that the logs would not reflect that the drivers had exceeded the hourly safety limits. The drivers were also directed to report their excess driving hours separately, and after those drivers were paid, those separate reports would be discarded or destroyed.
The investigation was conducted with assistance from FMCSA.
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