Three plead guilty in HOS concealment scheme

| 12/26/2001

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 the investigation.

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.