The California grand jury issued indictments against five trucking companies and 23 individuals as a result of a year and a half long investigation into falsifying and aiding in the falsification of driver logbooks.
The multiple-count charges are: conspiracy to make false statements to a government agency; aiding and abetting false statements to a government agency; conspiracy to make false entries in records of federal investigations and proceedings; and aiding and abetting false entries in records of federal investigations and proceedings. The charges were taken against individuals and the companies.
A California Grand Jury returned a 76-count indictment against Nijjar Brothers Trucking Inc, a California-based company, and 13 employees, including its president, vice president, safety director, a dispatcher and nine truckers.
The grand jury also returned a 74-count indictment against NB Trucking Inc., also based in California. The indictment charges that both Nijjar Brothers Trucking and NB Trucking conducted their trucking and related business operations interchangeably under the corporate umbrella of Nijjar Brothers Trucking. The indictment also alleges that both companies used the same truck drivers, employees and equipment.
The president of Nijjar, Surrinder Singh Nijjar, was charged individually with witness tampering.
Semper Truck Lines Inc received a five-count indictment against the company and three of its drivers.
Maximum penalties faced by the defendants range from a five-year probation term or up to 20 years in prison and fines ranging from $250,000 to $500,000.