A Rocky Hill man has pleaded guilty to federal charges that he falsified and destroyed the driver records of a New Britain-based transportation company.
Dariusz Stzeborowski, 49, admitted to falsifying records for his company, Wisla Express LLC of New Britain. The records were required under federal motor carrier safety regulations for inspection. Stzeborowski was the office manager for Wisla.
“Federal regulations on passenger-carrying vehicles exist to keep drivers, passengers and American highways safe,” U.S. Attorney David Fein said today in announcing the guilty plea. “Transportation companies and their employees who violate these important laws face federal prosecution.”
Wisla Express is a New Britain-based livery company that takes clients to and from airports with vans and minibuses. Stzeborowski was in charge of the day-to-day operations of Wisla Express between 2008 and 2011, where he scheduled driving assignments and maintained records for the company, according to a release from United States Attorney of Connecticut.
Stzeborowski assigned the drivers shifts that exceeded regulated driving times and had the drivers falsify logs by saying they were off the clock when they were still working, according to Fein. Drivers were told to supply Stzeborowski with separate sheets with the hours they actually worked, which would be destroyed later, Fein added.
Sentencing has been scheduled for May 17. Stzeborowski faces a maximum of five years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000. He also has agreed to a three-year term of supervised release during which he cannot be involved, directly or indirectly, in Wisla or any other business under the jurisdiction of the U.S. Department of Transportation.