Transportation company manager heads to prison for records tampering

By Greg Grisolano, Land Line staff writer | Monday, February 24, 2014

The manager of a transportation company has been sentenced to 14 months in prison for his role in a scheme to falsify and destroy driver records required to be maintained for inspection by federal motor carrier safety officials.

The defendant, Dariusz Szteborowski, 50 of Rocky Hill, Conn., also faces a three-year supervised release after custody, and is ordered to pay a $20,000 fine, according to a press release from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

Szteborowski was manager of Wisla Express, a New Britain, Conn.-based airport shuttle service. According to an indictment filed in U.S. District Court of Connecticut, beginning in September 2008 and continuing until September 2010, Szteborowski and Wisla altered, destroyed or otherwise falsified driver logs, concealing that many drivers violated hours of service and submitting the false logs to federal regulators.

According to court documents and statements made in court, Szteborowski, as manager of Wisla Express, was responsible for the day-to-day operations of the company, including scheduling driving assignments and maintaining the company’s driving records.

Between September 2008 and September 2010, Szteborowski scheduled and assigned drivers to trips knowing that the drivers would be exceeding the regulated limits of on-duty driving time, and also instructed drivers and others to falsify driving logs by recording that the drivers were off-duty during times when they were, in fact, driving, according to the FMCSA.

Court documents indicate that in order to pay drivers for time actually spent working for Wisla Express, Szteborowski instructed drivers to submit separate pay sheets and notes that accurately detailed their hours. He then destroyed the pay sheets and other documentation that accurately recorded the drivers’ hours.

In response to an FMCSA investigation of Wisla Express that was initiated in August 2010, Szteborowski produced the falsified driver logs and withheld other records that would conflict with the logs.

As part of his sentencing, Szteborowski and his wife cannot be involved, directly or indirectly, in Wisla Express or any other business under the jurisdiction of the U.S. Department of Transportation during his three-year term of supervised release.

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