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3 in NJ accused of doctoring emission results


TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — The owner of a private auto inspection business in Paterson and two employees are accused of using electronic devices to falsify auto emission results.

State officials say Five Stars Auto Inspection charged customers up to $150 to generate passing results for vehicles that had failed the emissions test.

Authorities say the three used data simulators to generate false results from onboard diagnostic systems that vehicles made in 1996 and after are equipped with.

State Criminal Justice director Elie Honig says the state has the capability to detect the use data simulators and will prosecutor those who do.

Twenty-eight-year-old Christopher Alcantara, his 51-year-old uncle, Mariano, and 21-year-old cousin, Lewis Alcantara-Sosa, are charged with conspiracy, computer crimes and tampering with public records.

It’s not clear if they have lawyers.