According to the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Missouri, Michael Terry, a former employee of Sure Start Battery & Tire Co. in St. Louis, was sentenced October 11, 2012, to 13 months in prison after pleading guilty in May to one count of mail fraud in connection with conducting false safety and auto-emissions tests. Terry allegedly performed the falsified tests to help vehicle owners bypass U.S. Environmental Protection Agency emission regulations as well as state vehicle safety laws. The announcement states, “Complete and accurate tests of vehicle emissions are essential to protect the public from harmful air pollutants, and vehicle inspectors who put the environment at risk by falsifying official documents will be prosecuted.” See U.S. Attorney’s Office Press Release, October 11, 2012.