Owner of Tennessee Trucking Company Sentenced
On November 21, 2014, Theresa Vincent, owner and operator of Terri's Farm, Murfreesboro, Tennessee, an interstate commercial motor carrier of livestock, was sentenced to twelve months probation in U.S. District Court, Nashville, Tennessee. In August 2014, Vincent, along with Dorian Ayache, owner and operator of Three Angels Farms, Lebanon, Tennessee, 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 Dorian Ayache to cease all 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 2012 that resulted in fatal injuries to horses.
In August 2012, FMCSA issued a second IHO against Vincent and Terri’s Farm, ordering them to cease all commercial motor vehicle operations and found that Terri’s Farm was merely a continuation of Three Angels Farm. Vincent admitted to criminally violating the motor carrier safety regulations by failing to maintain records of duty status and all supporting document for the drivers she employed. Ayache had 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.