Three Vermont trucking
company officials have pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court for falsely reporting
truckdrivers' hours. Sentencing has not been scheduled.
Bruce Grant, Bradly
Grant and Gary Chamberlain, all of Lyndonville, VT, and Northern Gas Transport
Inc., a trucking company owned by Bruce Grant and located in Lyndonville all
entered guilty pleas Dec. 7 to charges relating to an investigation conducted
by the U.S. Department of Transportation, Office of Inspector General, Office
of Investigations. Documents filed in federal court disclosed that from December
1999 to June 2000, more than 35 company drivers for the hazardous materials
hauler created and filed more than 360 false logs. Bruce Grant owns and oversees
NGT's daily operations. Bradly Grant, NGT's safety director, and
Gary Chamberlain, a dispatcher and truckdriver, worked for the company during
Bruce Grant and NGT
entered pleas of conspiring to make false statements to the U.S. Department
of Transportation, encouraging the systematic filing of false drivers'
logs by drivers at NGT. Grant and his company also pleaded guilty to conspiring
to obstruct the proper administration of federal law, in that during a 1999
compliance review of NGT conducted by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA).
Grant and NGT concealed
numerous shipping documents from FHWA Inspectors that would have disclosed
that drivers were intentionally omitting deliveries from their logbooks. Bradly
Grant also pleaded guilty to this charge, which is a felony. Chamberlain pleaded
guilty to two misdemeanors of aiding NGT in failing to produce records as
required by the Transportation Secretary.