PROVIDENCE, R.I. — The owner of a now-defunct commercial trucking company admitted to a federal court judge in Providence that he altered thousands of electronic entries in service logbooks for approximately 20 drivers to conceal the drivers’ actual drive time and on-duty time, according to an Oct. 28 announcement by the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
Damir Sisic, 29, of Woonsocket, Rhode Island, owner of now-defunct Sisic Transport Service LLC (STS), admitted that he routinely altered data collected by onboard electronic data-gathering devices installed in his trucks that reflected the actual number of hours his drivers operated the vehicles.
U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) regulations, enforced by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), a division of the USDOT, require accurate record keeping and operational requirements, including records related to drivers’ actual hours of service.
Sisic owned approximately 11 commercial truck tractors and ten box-style commercial trailers, and employed between seven and 10 drivers at a time. Each vehicle was equipped with an electronic logging device (ELD) that recorded the location of each truck, and the start and stop time of each vehicle. Sisic admitted that he accessed and altered that data on thousands of occasions. He admitted that he routinely concealed from the USDOT and FMCSA that his drivers were routinely exceeding the maximum number of driving hours and on-duty hours without the required off-duty hours.
According to court documents, Sisic provided altered driving records to a state trooper who was investigating the crash of an STS truck that occurred in Oklahoma on April 22, 2018, resulting in the death of the driver. In addition, Sisic provided altered driving records for numerous STS drivers to an FMCSA investigator during a compliance review.
Sisic pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Providence to conspiracy to falsify records, announced U.S. Attorney Aaron L. Weisman and Special Agent in Charge Douglas Shoemaker, U.S. Department of Transportation, Office of Inspector General, Office of Investigations, Northeast Region.
Sisic is scheduled to be sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Mary S. McElroy on Jan. 7, 2021. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Ly T. Chin.
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