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Former Owners and Driver for Nebraska Trucking Company Ordered to Pay $50,000 in Logbook Falsification Case

On December 27, Rose and Robert Vyhnalek, former co-owners of R.J. Vyhnalek Trucking (RJVT), Wilber, NE, were fined $12,500 each and ordered to jointly pay $20,000 in restitution by a U.S. District Court judge in Omaha, NE for conspiracy to violate FMCSA regulations governing maximum daily driving hours and for falsifying driver logbooks, respectively. Rose Vyhnalek pled guilty in October to the felony conspiracy charge, admitting to directing drivers to violate hours of service regulations. Robert Vyhnalek pled guilty in October to misdemeanor charges. Richard Crawford, a driver/mechanic for RJVT was also fined $5,000 for falsifying driver logbooks subsequent to his October guilty plea. FMCSA assisted with this investigation.