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North Carolina Man Sentenced for Falsifying Driver’s Logs

On June 15, 2012, in U.S. District Court, Middle District of North Carolina, James J. "Jim" Brylski, owner of DOT Advisor, Incorporated, Raleigh, North Carolina, a motor carrier consulting firm, was sentenced to twelve months of probation and was fined $3,000 and a $100 special assessment.  The sentencing follows Mr. Brylski's guilty plea for the falsification of driver's records of duty status while working as a safety consultant to Mabe Trucking Company, Eden, North Carolina.  OIG's investigation revealed that Mr. Brylski falsified driver's logs in order to conceal the number of hours driven from the Department of Transportation, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), as required by safety regulations.   The regulations limit the number of hours a truck driver can operate a vehicle in order to prevent motor vehicle accidents caused by driver fatigue.  Accordingly, truck drivers are required to record their duty status on logs to ensure they do not exceed the maximum number of allowable driving hours, in order to receive sufficient rest before driving again.  This investigation was conducted jointly with FMCSA.