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Power Inn Smog Tech's Indicted For Falsifying Test Results

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Two smog techs from a Power Inn Road shop were indicted today for providing false information to the DMV. 1 

1 Ozone Smog technicians Jimmy Phi Nguyen and Alan Sayareh were charged today with felony conspiracy to provide false information to DMV, and four counts of providing false information to DMV. Nguyen has an additional eight charges of reporting false information on DMV documents.

Investigators from the Department of Consumer Affairs’ Bureau of Automotive Repair found that vehicles were illegally passed on smog check inspections at the 1 Ozone Smog station on Power Inn Road where Nguyen was employed. Surveillance showed the defendants utilizing their own vehicles to perform smog certifications on different vehicles.

A search warrant was served at the 1 Ozone Smog Shop today and among the items seized were the smog testing equipment known as an Emission Inspection Machine, and vehicles used in the commission of the offenses.

The records from smog tests are sent directly via the smog testing computer to DMV, which DMV relies on to issue vehicle registrations. The defendant’s scheme allowed vehicles that could not pass emissions testing to be registered illegally.

Bail for each defendant was set by the court at $50,000. Arraignment is scheduled for May 14, 2012 at 8:30 a.m. in Department 62.

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