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Trucking co. owners plead guilty to violating FMCSA shutdown order, creating ‘chameleon carrier’

| September 02, 2014
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Photo from the scene of one of the Three Angels Farms crashes that led to the FMCSA shutdown order.

Two former trucking company owners pleaded guilty Aug. 19 to violating shutdown orders issued by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration in a reincarnated carrier scheme conducted in 2012 and 2013.

Dorian Ayache, owner and operator of Three Angels Farms in Lebanon, Tenn.; and Theresa Vincent, owner and operator of Terri’s Farm in Murfreesboro, Tenn., pleaded guilty to criminal charges in continuing to operate a horse transporting company after FMCSA shut down the carrier with an imminent hazard out-of-service order.

The agency issued Three Angels Farms and Ayache an IHO in June 2012, after the agency determined the carrier did not adequately maintain his vehicles, did not comply with hours-of-service limits and did not drug test his drivers.

The agency also determined the carriers’ poor safety practices led to two accidents that resulted in the deaths of four of the horses being transported by the carrier.

Ayache then criminally violated the IHO, the DOT says, by continuing his operation under the name and authority of Terri’s Farm. The agency says Terri’s Farm was nothing more than a reincarnation of Three Angels.

The two also tried to conceal and destroy email communication between one another, and Vincent lied while testifying to a grand jury about her connection to Ayache, the DOT says.

  • lastgoodusername

    How did this make the news? Several trucking companies in my neck of the woods have done the same thing, New DOT numbers, same address , same owner names, same phone number, same everything. The only difference is they are doing it before they get shut down , so they won’t miss a beat. All this data collection and the FMCSA , DOT , CSA , ATA , TA , USN , and whoever else can’t find the violators in their own system. Would they like me to post a couple DOT numbers on here, just to get the ball rolling. Wait, we don’t have time for that , we have a truck missing a chicken light. RED ALERT.

  • NoSheep323

    It cant be.ohhh wait i got a out of service because one of my drivers was driving while empty on tire with 30psi in san bernardino scale in California i guess thats more dangers

  • Mind Games

    Anyone can form a new corporation if done correctly and there’s nothing the DOT and or the FMCSA can do about it. Don’t be sloppy nor cheap, Just hire the right guy and poof! New company born.

  • guest

    Yep..lying cheating thieving…this is normal for alot of these companies and is old school daily activity. Reincarnation…Chameleon Carriers…all the Bogus crap is what trucking has been for decades.

  • jim stewart

    I know and have worked for several companies who do same thing. When brokers or customers do not want to ship under one name because of CSA safety record the same outfit switches to another MC# on bills. This same BS goes on with the shippers or customer companies who will not ship unless the trucking company belongs to a green coalition trucking group like smartway. strives to maintain an open forum for reader opinions. Click here to read our comment policy.