Cattle Hauler Fined $12,000 for Falsifying Drivers’ Log Books
Bingham Livestock Transportation, Inc., Tremonton, UT, and owner and President Lorin A. Bingham were sentenced in U.S. District Court in Salt Lake City for falsifying drivers’ log books in a case that has resulted in eight prior convictions since February 2002. The cattle-hauling company was fined $12,000 and placed on probation for 24 months, making it ineligible for government contracts. Lorin Bingham was fined $3,000. The eight earlier convictions, all on hours-of-service charges, included Bingham’s sons and company vice presidents and co-owners, Brad and Barton, and five drivers, two of whom were Bingham’s brothers. The company has a history of hours-of-service violations that FMCSA has cited with warnings and administration fines, which Lorin Bingham has ignored. OIG and the FBI investigated the case, with assistance from FMCSA.
The Binghams’s challenge to IG criminal investigative authority was dismissed in the U.S. District Court for Utah but has been appealed to the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals and will be argued April 9 in Provo, UT.