Six Texas Men Sentenced in Emission-Testing Scheme

A federal judge has sentenced six North Texas men for their role in a scheme to overcharge for auto emission tests and submit thousands of fraudulent results to the state.

Sentences ranged Tuesday from probation and home confinement to more than a year in prison for 32-year-old Nghi Cong Tran and 54-year-old Nghiem Van Tran. All six are Arlington residents who previously pleaded guilty to violating the federal Clean Air Act.

Prosecutors say the men used two state inspection stations in Arlington to falsify more than 7,600 emission tests from 2009 to 2011. Usually a vehicle wasn't at one of the stations when it was supposed to be tested.

They charged up to $80 for each test, above the state-mandated maximum charge of $39.75.

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