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Durham inspector pleads guilty to falsifying emissions tests

Posted October 1, 2012

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— A second emissions inspector at two Durham automotive shops has pleaded guilty to taking kickbacks in exchange for falsifying the results of annual emissions tests, authorities said Monday.

Clinton J. Matthews, 33, of Durham, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to violate the Clean Air Act and making a false statement. He will be sentenced later.

Matthews worked at Express Auto Sales and Car Care Express Auto Sales and Services, both in Durham, and federal authorities say he and others conspired take $150 to $225 payments to pass vehicles that would have otherwise failed the required state emissions test.

Authorities say the group would use a separate vehicle that wouldn't register a vehicle identification number when attached to the emissions analyzer to produce a passing test for the suspect vehicles.

Between March and July 2010, the group "clean scanned" at least 817 vehicles, and Matthews was involved in 135 of them, authorities said.

Another inspector at the two shops, Angel Dario Rodriguez Nunez, 30, pleaded guilty in April to the same charges.


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  • whatelseisnew Oct 2, 2012

    "Having independent agents doing the tests opens it up to fraud."

    It would be hard to tell if GOVERNMENT or Private Sector is more prone to fraud or not. Anytime MONEY is involved FRAUD will show up. Aside from that, the last thing we need is even MORE Government employees. We need to be significantly trimming that herd, not adding to it.

  • whatelseisnew Oct 2, 2012

    Should not be an emissions test in the first place. The entire thing is a crock. My 1989 vehicle no longer has to have the test. This is typical leftist nonsense. If anything, OLDER vehicles SHOULD BE tested, as they are much more likely to have problems especially if the owner does not properly maintain the vehicle.

  • Coolbreeze Oct 2, 2012

    Will the vehicle owners be charged too?

  • Banned4Life Oct 2, 2012

    So, CONSERVATIVEVOTER is all for BIGGER GOVERNMENT and MORE INTRUSION into our private lives???? Who woulda thunk a CONSERVATIVE was a hypocrite?

  • WRALSUCKS Oct 1, 2012

    News Flash: Sun rises in east!

  • we-r-just-human Oct 1, 2012

    "In Tennessee and other states, the emissions test is done at state and county owned facilities"

    That wouldn't slow down the "Good Ole Boy" system in NC

  • ConservativeVoter Oct 1, 2012

    You act surprised.

    This has been going on for years across North Carolina.

    Having independent agents doing the tests opens it up to fraud.

    In Tennessee and other states, the emissions test is done at state and county owned facilities.