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Owners of Milwaukee auto shop accused of emissions fraud

The owners of a Milwaukee auto repair shop are facing accusations that they charged customers for emission repair work that they did not perform. State officials say they became suspicious of the activities at Aurora Auto Care after security reports generated by their emissions equipment highlighted areas of potential fraud.

Both of the men who own Aurora Auto Care are accused of charging customers whose vehicles failed emissions testing for phantom repairs. Prosecutors claim that they then tested another car in place of the original vehicle to pass the emission requirements. Although the state of Wisconsin recently transferred all emissions testing to private auto repair shops and car dealerships, information generated by the emissions equipment is automatically sent to the Department of Motor Vehicles for analysis. In addition to sharing information with state officials, the company that provides the emissions equipment, Systech, audits testing results for irregularities.

Officials with Systech claim that a comparison of the results of previous emissions tests with the results provided by Aurora Auto Care was one of the inconsistencies that led them to investigate further. The owners are facing several criminal charges, and one of the men has been charged with crimes that are classified as a felony. As a result of the allegations, Aurora Auto Care is no longer authorized to perform emissions testing in the state.

Being charged with a criminal offense is a serious matter that presents many challenges for the accused. Consulting with an attorney who may challenge the prosecution's evidence and present a persuasive defense can be an important step for defendants in need of assistance.

Source: Journal Sentinel, "Auto repair shop owners charged with auto emissions testing fraud ", Bruce Vielmetti , November 20, 2013

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