Collaborator sentenced in Georgia chameleon carrier case

By Greg Grisolano, Land Line staff writer | Friday, November 07, 2014

A Georgia man will serve 12 months of probation for his role in helping another man violate an Imminent Hazard Out-of-Service Order via a chameleon carrier scheme.

The defendant, Corey Daniels, pleaded guilty Jan. 31 to one count of conspiracy to violate the order, according to court records in the U.S. District Court in Macon, Ga. Daniels was sentenced on Oct. 24, following a pre-sentence investigation.

Daniels and three other defendants were charged in the conspiracy, including Devasko Lewis, who had previously served jail time in 2012 for operating a commercial vehicle in violation of an imminent hazard order.

According to a news release by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Office of Inspector General, an October 2008 investigation was launched into Lewis, after a truck operated by his Georgia-based Lewis Trucking Co. was involved in a fatal crash in Alabama on U.S. 82. The truck, which was hauling wood, reportedly crashed head-on with a passenger van hauling state prisoners from one correctional facility to another. Six prisoners and one corrections employee were killed in the crash.

Lewis Trucking Co. was ordered by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to cease all operations after a compliance review uncovered “serious violations” following the crash, a news release states.

Subsequently, Lewis formed DDL Transport LLC, which was ultimately placed under another order. In May 2012, Lewis pleaded guilty to violating the orders and was subsequently sent to jail for 90 days to be followed by 12 months supervised release.

After his guilty plea and before sentencing, Lewis obtained DOT numbers for Eagle Transport and Eagle Trans using the identity of friends, including Daniels, and failing to reveal his involvement to FMCSA as owner-operator of the companies. After reporting to federal prison in November 2012, Lewis continued operating Eagle Trans with the assistance of Daniels and others.

Land Line contributing writer Charlie Morasch contributed to this report.

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