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Georgia motor carrier exec indicted by feds on chameleon carrier charges

The Office of the Inspector General of the Department of Transportation said the indictment against Devasko Dewayne Lewis of Cordele, Ga., alleges that Lewis made a false statement in an application for motor carrier authority, Form OP-1, filed on July 12, 2011.

The Trucker News Services

12/21/2011

COLUMBUS, Ga. — A motor carrier executive was taken into custody Wednesday and appeared before a U.S. magistrate judge here in connection with a federal indictment that charged him with one count of making a false statement and seven counts of continuing operation after an out-of-service order was issued.

The Office of the Inspector General of the Department of Transportation said the indictment against Devasko Dewayne Lewis of Cordele, Ga., alleges that Lewis made a false statement in an application for motor carrier authority, Form OP-1, filed on July 12, 2011, with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration when he stated that he had not had a relationship with another motor carrier within the last three years despite having operated Lewis Trucking Co., which had been ordered OOS based on safety violations which posed an imminent safety hazard.

The remaining seven counts allege that Lewis and DDL Transport LLC knowingly and willfully operated commercial motor vehicles in Georgia on seven occasions although they were precluded from operations based on the an imminent hazard OOS order issued because numerous recordkeeping and safety violations in their trucking operations posed an imminent threat to public safety.

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FMCSA recently filed notice of procedural changes that would strengthen its ability to catch so-called chameleon carriers before they are granted operating authority.

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