Maine truck company agrees to shut down after guilty plea

| 7/26/2002

L & M Trucking Corp. of St. Agatha, ME, reportedly has agreed to permanently shut down operations after pleading guilty in April to falsifying records. L & M employed four drivers and operated three trucks and five trailers.

John Michaud, a driver and company president, reportedly was sentenced in federal court in Bangor July 24 to three years probation and a $2,000 fine. The charges stemmed from apparent attempts to evade federal and state hours-of-service regulations.

In 2000, federal officials performed a compliance review of L & M and found numerous violations. Almost half of the company's drivers' logs reportedly were missing, and many that were found were false. The review also found that about 80 percent of fuel and toll receipts were hole-punched to obscure the date and time they were issued.