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N.H. car dealer fined for faulty emissions tests The Associated Press

A Manchester used-car dealer has pleaded guilty to selling cars that didn’t get proper emissions tests.

The attorney general’s office said the Empire Automotive Group in Manchester used “ghost vehicles” that had passed diagnostic inspections to falsely represent another car. The cars were sold to unsuspecting customers.

The state said Empire used the practice on 144 vehicles. The dealer has since contacted all of the consumers and corrected any deficiencies at its sole cost and expense.

Empire was fined $20,000 and ordered to reimburse the state $25,000.

Randy Miller, the president of Empire Automotive Group, told WMUR the cars had completed a safety inspection. They were not ready to be tested for emissions.

Legacy Comments2

I agree Jim. I also suggest that any business that practices fraud should be banned from practicing that business the second time they are caught. And the penalties should be higher.

144 separate fraud cases but not one criminal fraud charge. A person decided 144 times to break the law but the business pays a fine. Add a hundred bucks to each car from now on as this is just the Cost of doing business....... If an individual starts a business under their name and breaks the law 144 times, can that business name just pay a fine and all is well????

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