North Carolina motor carrier sentenced for committing false statements

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Charles D. Goodwin Inc., doing business as Goodwin’s Trucking Co., was sentenced May 7 in U.S. District Court in Winston Salem, N.C., to five years probation, a $35,300 fine and a $400 special assessment for making false statements to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration regarding their drivers’ hours of service. Also, while on probation and pursuant to a plea agreement, electronic onboard recording devices must be installed and maintained in all company trucks, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation Office of the Inspector General.

In October 2009, CDGI management pled guilty and admitted to falsification of its drivers’ duty status logs, according to DOT-OIG; an FMCSA compliance review of CDGI, following an accident with multiple fatalities that involved one of its drivers, revealed that the driver had violated FMCSA hours-of-service regulations. DOT-OIG said the driver was found not to be at fault in the accident, but subsequent investigation determined that between June 2007 and May 2008 CDGI drivers made numerous false entries in their duty status logs.