Utah trucking company, owner sentenced for falsifying logbooks

| 1/31/2005

A federal judge sentenced SS Supply Trucking Inc. of Salt Lake City and its owner to pay a total of $6,000 in fines and other court assessments for making false statements in connection with drivers’ daily logbooks.

The sentence came after the company’s owner, Bret Steel, negotiated a plea agreement with the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Utah. According to the agreement, Steel pleaded guilty to one count personally and one count on behalf of his company. Both counts concerned concealing hours-of-service violations.

Both Steel and the company, SS Supply Trucking Inc., are on 24 months probation, which the federal government recommended as part of the plea agreement. Steel could have faced up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000 for himself and $500,000 for his company had the case gone to trial.

Steel pleaded guilty in November 2004 following an investigation by the U.S. Department of Transportation and the FBI. He was sentenced Jan. 13 in Salt Lake City.