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Owners of Tennessee Trucking Companies Plead Guilty

On August 19, 2014, Dorian Ayache, owner and operator of Three Angels Farms, Lebanon, Tennessee; and Theresa Vincent, owner and operator of Terri's Farm, Murfreesboro,Tennessee, both interstate commercial motor carriers, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court, Nashville, Tennessee, to violating a Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulation.

In June 2012, FMCSA determined that the operations of Three Angels Farms posed an imminent hazard to public safety and issued an IHO requiring Ayache to cease commercial motor vehicle operations. The IHO was issued due to Ayache's unacceptable safety practices, including his failure to adequately maintain his commercial motor vehicles and his failure to ensure drivers were qualified. He was also cited for accidents that occurred in January and June 2012, that resulted in fatal injuries to horses.

Ayache admitted to criminally violating the motor carrier safety regulations by failing to maintain a current record of duty status while operating a commercial motor vehicle. Vincent admitted to also criminally violating the motor carrier safety regulations by failing to maintain records of duty status and all supporting document for the drivers she employed.