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Owners, operators of Three Angels Farms, Terri’s Farm, plead guilty to violating IHO

After being placed OOS as an imminent hazard Three Angels Farms reinvented itself as Terri's Farm, FMCSA found.

The Trucker News Services

8/28/2014

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Dorian Ayache, the owner and operator of Three Angels Farms in Lebanon, Tennessee, and Theresa Vincent, owner and operator of Terri’s Farm in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, pleaded guilty Aug. 19 in U.S. District Court in Nashville to violating an imminent hazard out-of-service order (IHO) from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA).

FMCSA issued the order to Ayache’s Three Angels Farms in June 2012 because of the firm’s unsafe practices, including failure to maintain the vehicles and failure to make sure the drivers were qualified. He was later cited for accidents in which horses being transported were fatally injured.

After being placed out-of-service, Ayache continued his trucking operations under the name and authority of Terri’s Farm, criminally violating the IHO, stated a news release from the Department of Transportation’s Office of Inspector General. Consequently, Terri’s Farm was characterized by FMCSA as a continuation of Three Angels and was also placed out-of-service.

According to the OIG, Ayache concealed and tried to destroy e-mails and Vincent made false statements about her communications with Ayache when she testified before a grand jury.

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