Two men sentenced for complicated 'chameleon' scheme

By Tyson Fisher, Land Line staff writer | 5/26/2015

Two men, one in prison for life for murder, have been sentenced for their part in operating a trucking business despite orders from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to cease operations.

Devasko Dewayne Lewis, 34, of Lowndes County, Ga., was given a life sentence for the murder of a relative of a federal witness in an Office of Inspector General investigation. The investigation charged Lewis with conspiracy to criminally violate an imminent hazard out-of-service order. In that case Corey Daniels, a co-defendant, agreed to cooperate with authorities against Lewis. Lewis attempted to kill Daniels, but in a case of mistaken identity Daniels’ nephew was killed.

According to court documents Daniels pleaded guilty to charges in January 2014. Daniels was sentenced to 12 months of probation last October.

In the same out-of-service investigation, Lacey Lewis was recently sentenced to 24 months of probation and a $1,000 fine for his role in helping Devasko Lewis illegally maintain a trucking business. According to the OIG, Lacey Lewis and Devasko Lewis are half-brothers.

In October 2008, the OIG launched an investigation of Devasko Lewis after his Georgia-based Lewis Trucking Co. was involved in a fatal crash in Alabama. 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 identities 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.

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

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