A federal grand jury has indicted the owners of two trucking companies who allegedly forced their drivers to falsify their Driver Vehicle Inspection Reports (DVIRs), putting their drivers and the motoring public at risk.
Leslie and Robert Cucino own CDE Corporation and Winsor Hill Hauling and Recycling Corporation, two carriers based out of Foster, Rhode Island. Both owners have been indicted on one count of conspiracy and six counts of false statements.
According to the Department of Justice, the owners threatened to fire their drivers if they didn’t falsify their DVIRs to make it look like their vehicles had no defects. In some cases, clean DVIRs were submitted on trucks that had been cited for serious maintenance violations that same day.
This alleged misconduct has been occurring since at least 2009 according to the indictment. It also states that “a significant amount” of the companies’ business came from hauling scrap metal between Massachusetts and Rhode Island.