North Carolina Trucking Company President Pleads Guilty to False Statements
On January 10, 2012, in the U.S. District Court, Greensboro, North Carolina, Roger D. "Butch" Mabe, Jr., President and Owner of Mabe Trucking Company, Inc., located in Eden, North Carolina, pled guilty for both himself and his corporation, to a one count Information charging false statements related to falsification of driver's logs.
The investigation revealed that both Mr. Mabe and Mabe Trucking Company engaged in the falsification of driver's duty status logs for the purpose of concealing from the U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, the number and times of hours driven as required by Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations. These 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, and that they receive sufficient rest before driving again. Therefore, Mr. Mabe and his corporation are alleged to have falsified such logs in an effort to exceed these hours of service restrictions and avoid detection from law enforcement thereby creating a threat to public safety. Both Mr. Mabe and his corporation are scheduled for sentencing on April 20, 2012.
This investigation was conducted with assistance from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.