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NC vehicle inspector sentenced for fake tests

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -

A vehicle emissions inspector has been sentenced to two months in federal prison for a scheme that gave passing scores to vehicles that violated pollution limits.

The Charlotte Observer reported (http://bit.ly/1hbBTcl ) that 37-year-old Pedro Salmeron worked for Carolina Inspections in Charlotte.

Salmeron is one of 14 people sentenced for entering one vehicle's information in a state emissions database, and then using another vehicle for the test.

Court records say Salmeron conducted 201 illegal inspections in 2010 and 2011. Prosecutors say he falsely passed vehicles that would have failed.

Salmeron also must be on supervised parole after he is released from prison. He also must pay a $5,000 fine and perform 50 hours of community service.

The U.S. Clean Air Act requires that cars in 48 North Carolina counties be inspected.

Information from: The Charlotte Observer, http://www.charlotteobserver.com

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