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New Jersey Trucking Company Owners Plead Guilty in Hours of Service Case

On April 18, a Mays Landing, NJ couple, Gerald W. Diffenderfer and Rose Marie Diffenderfer, who owned and operated G.W.D. Trucking Company (GWD), pled guilty in U.S. District Court in Camden, NJ to charges of conspiring to falsify trucker log books in order to conceal drivers’ hours in excess of the maximum amount allowed under DOT regulations. Their sentencing is set for July 29, 2005. In the same case, Damon D. Diffenderfer, a GWD driver and son of the owners, was sentenced to 16 months in jail after pleading guilty in January to related charges. He is currently serving a three-year prison sentence for vehicular homicide following an April 2001 fatal accident in which he was involved. The case was investigated with assistance from the NJ State Police, the Middlesex County NJ Prosecutor’s Office, and FMCSA.