Georgia man pleads guilty for his role in 'chameleon' carrier scheme

By Tyson Fisher, Land Line staff writer | 2/3/2015

When Lewis Trucking Co. was shut down several years ago and its owner sent to jail, he started up two more, running them from prison. According to a press release from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Office of Inspector General, Devasko Lewis did that with the help of his friend, Lacey Lewis.

In January, Lacey Lewis pleaded guilty to conspiracy to violate an immiment hazard out-of-service order issued by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. Lewis is former owner of Eagle Transport and Eagle Tran, and was charged in May 2013 of being part of the Devasko Lewis reincarnated carrier scheme.

In October 2008, the Office of Inspector General launched an investigation on Devasko Lewis after his Georgia-based Lewis Trucking Co. was involved in a fatal crash in Alabama, according to the press release. One of Devasko Lewis’ trucks crashed into a van transporting state prisoners, killing six prisoners and one corrections employee.

FMCSA ordered Lewis Trucking Co. to cease all operations after finding “serious violations” in a compliance review, Land Line reported in November 2014. Following the order, Devasko Lewis started DDL Transport LLC, which also received an order from FMCSA. Lewis was sentenced to 90 days in prison and 12 months supervised release in May 2012.

Before being sentenced, Devasko Lewis obtained DOT numbers for Eagle Transport and Eagle Trans using the identity of friends, including Lacey Lewis. After reporting to prison, Devasko Lewis continued to run the two companies with the help of Lacey Lewis and others.

According to court documents, Corey Daniels, another person involved with the scheme, pleaded guilty to charges in January 2014. Daniels was sentenced to 12 months of probation last October.

Contributing Writer Charlie Morasch and Staff Writer Greg Grisolano contributed to this report.

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