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Trucking Company and Owner Charged with Making a False Statement and Continuing Operation After Imposition of an Out-Of-Service Order

On December 21, 2011, Devasko Dewayne Lewis of Cordele, Georgia, was taken into federal custody and appeared before a United States Magistrate Judge in Columbus, Georgia for initial appearance and bond proceedings. Lewis and his trucking company, DDL Transport, LLC, were indicted by a federal grand jury in November 2011, on one count of making a False Statement and seven counts of Continuing Operation after Imposition of an Out-Of-Service Order.

The indictment alleges that Lewis made a false statement in an application for motor carrier authority, Form OP-1, filed on July 12, 2011, with the U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMSCA) when he stated that he not had had a relationship with another motor carrier within the last three years despite having operated Lewis Trucking Company, which had been ordered out of service based safety violations which posed 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 out-of-service order issued because of numerous record-keeping and safety violations in their trucking operations posed an imminent threat to public safety.

Note: Indictments, Informations, and Criminal Complaints are only accusations by the Government. All defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.