Monday, November 16, 2009

Three Houston Men Charged with False Car Inspections


I understand that waiting in a long line of idling cars to have your vehicle inspected is not the ideal way that most people would choose to spend a morning. However, knowing that your vehicle is safe to transport your own passengers as well as to be among the other cars on the highway is important. It would be nice if we could trust that others also place some value on what they are allowing to enter the road. However, three Houston men who were arrested last week prove that we are not necessarily surrounded by safe, clean vehicles.

The men worked at a vehicle inspection station, 5 Minute Inspections, in the Heights-area. They allegedly issued inspection stickers to cars and buses that had never even been to the station. Instead, the men used the same car repeatedly with the knowledge that it would pass inspection and then gave the "all clear" to vehicles that actually may have been quite dangerous. In fact, this station issued the sticker given to the bus that killed seventeen passengers from the Houston area last year as they traveled to a religious festival.

All three men have been charged with tampering with a federal document by the Texas Department of Public Safety. If found guilty, they could face up to twenty years in prison and a $100,000 fine. Perhaps the men will find themselves making license plates for the cars that could have used their actual inspections.

If you operate a business and you are being threatened with legal action based on the actions of your employees, Bertolino LLP has attorneys experienced in business litigation who can help you. Or, if you are facing criminal charges following bad choices you made at your job, we have criminal defense lawyers ready to work with you as well. Please contact our Austin, Houston, or San Antonio office today.

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