Trucking co. operator sentenced to probation for conspiring to violate DOT shutdown orders

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A Georgia man has been sentenced to a year of probation for conspiring to violate imminent hazard out-of-service orders (shutdown orders, essentially) issued by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

Corey Daniels was sentenced in late October following his involvement with Devasko Lewis in the operation of motor carriers Eagle Transport and Eagle Trans.

Lewis, then doing business as Lewis Trucking Company, was ordered to cease all operations in October 2008 after investigators found “serious violations” during a compliance review. The review came after a fatal crash involving the fleet, in which seven Alabama prison guards died.

After the shutdown order, Lewis formed DDL Transport, which was also ultimately issued a shutdown order, too. In May 2012, Lewis pleaded guilty to violating the orders and was sentenced to 90 days in prison and 12 months of supervised release.

Around the same time, Lewis obtained the DOT numbers for Eagle Transport and Eagle Trans using the identity of friends, including Daniels, and not revealing his involvement to regulators.

Lewis continued to operate the fleets even after reporting to prison, with the help of Daniels and others.