5 NC men plead guilty to bypassing emissions test

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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.

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    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.

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