South Dakota Trucking Firm and President Ordered to Pay Over $325,000 in Driver Logbook Falsification Case
On September 22, Action Carrier, Inc., Sioux Falls, SD, and its president, Michael L. Walsh, were each sentenced in U.S. District Court in Sioux Falls following their June 7, 2005 guilty pleas - the corporation to a felony charge of causing a truck driver to falsify logbook entries in order to conceal violations of FMCSA ‘hours of service’ regulations, and Walsh to a misdemeanor charge of obstruction of justice. Action Carrier was fined $200,000 and Walsh was ordered to pay $126,488 in restitution and fined $2,000. Both Action Carrier and Walsh were also sentenced to 5 years probation, with the first 6 months of Walsh’s probation designated as home confinement. The case was investigated jointly with the FBI, with assistance from FMCSA.