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CHARLOTTE, NC (AP) — Five men have pleaded guilty to violating
federal clean air rules by offering North Carolina drivers willing
to pay an extra fee the ability to pass emissions tests even if
their vehicles polluted too much.

Prosecutors said Thursday the men could face up to five years in
prison and a $250,000 fine when they are sentenced later for
violating the Clean Air Act.

Authorities say the men bought a device that allowed them to
bypass the how vehicles check if their emissions systems are
working properly. The machine lets a vehicle pass an emissions test
even if its “check engine” light is on.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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