A federal court in Texas has sentenced six individuals who allegedly falsified thousands of vehicle emission tests. Two defendants who pleaded guilty to counts of conspiracy to violate the Clean Air Act (CAA) were sentenced to 15 months in prison, and four individuals who pleaded guilty to making a CAA false statement received sentences of 12 months. United States v. Tran, No. 3:11-cr-00270 (N.D. Tex. sentencing 3/18/13).
The defendants allegedly paid employees to substitute vehicles that could pass the testing protocol for vehicles brought in for testing and generated more than 7,000 fraudulent certificates of inspection between 2009 and 2011. The business reportedly demanded up to $80, or about twice the state inspection fee limit, for each fraudulent test. See U.S. Attorney’s Office, Northern District of Texas, News Release, March 19, 2013.