Fleet owner pleads guilty to federal charges

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A New Hampshire trucking company owner recently pleaded guilty to conspiring to defraud the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, the Internal Revenue Service and his company’s insurers.

Robert B. Stalker, owner of Robert’s Dismantling and Recycling of Hudson, N.H., entered his plea in U.S. District Court in Concord and faces sentencing March 26. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation Office of Inspector General, Stalker admitted to paying drivers unreported cash from 1996 to 2000. He also conspired to destroy time records and maintain false time sheets for drivers, prosecutors said.

Since he also did not report income, prosecutors said, he defrauded the IRS as well as the company’s insurers, which based premiums on a falsely reduced payroll. The FBI and IRS conducted the investigation with assistance from FMCSA.