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2 Charlotte men sentenced for conducting false inspections

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CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) -

Two Charlotte men were sentenced Monday for conspiring to violate the Clean Air Act by conducting false vehicle emission inspections, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.

Ronald Eugene Kinard, 46, was the owner/operator of Autoworks, a local vehicle repair shop. Jack Bard Haney, 48, was one of Kinard's employees. Both were licensed by N.C. to conduct onboard diagnostic inspections to test federally-mandated vehicle emissions, the report states.

Court records show that the two men used surrogate vehicles to falsely pass vehicles that would have failed the inspections, an illegal activity know as "clean scanning."

From January 2010 through August 2011, the records show that Kinard conducted more than 1,180 of the false inspections, and Haney conducted more than 100. The men typically charged more than the standard inspection fee in exchange for the false results, the Attorney's Office told WBTV.

Kinard was sentenced to six months in prison and two years of supervised release, during which he will serve and additional six months of home detention. He was also ordered to pay a $10,000 fine and to perform 50 hours of community service.

Haney was sentenced on November 14 to serve six months in prison and one year of supervised release, during which he too will serve an additional six months of home detention.

Both men are prohibited from conducting vehicle inspections in the future.

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