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Our beloved Gracie is missing, Dachshund/Lab mix, microchipped, about 30 pounds, black with little white. Call with any information, 830-393-9999 or 419-250-9099.
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CASA OUTREACH COORDINATOR, FULL-TIME POSITION, provides professional staff support to CASA volunteers to ensure that the best interests of abused children in the foster care system are represented in court. Social services experience required. Responsible for recruiting and facilitating advocate training, making community presentations, and coordinating cases in Wilson and Karnes Counties with Atascosa County (home office). Must demonstrate written and oral communication skills. Must be available to work intermittent evenings/weekends with some travel.  Must pass background checks, have personal car, current TDL, and auto liability insurance. Call CASA of South Texas at 830-569-4696 for application, or e-mail request to casajoni@att.net by July 28.
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Two Arlington Used Car Dealerships Charged With Unlawfully 'Clean Scanning' Vehicles




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FORT WORTH -- Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott today charged the owner of a certified vehicle emissions inspection station with manipulating the State’s testing protocols. According to the State’s enforcement action, the defendant tampered with the emissions test process in order to ensure substandard vehicles passed their state inspection tests.

An investigation by the Attorney General’s Office revealed that defendants Hussein Mahrouq and MEI Auto Repair, LLC used their inspection station to help their used car lots circumvent state vehiclce emission tests. The defendant’s used car lots, Automax and Dollar Rent a Car Sales, and its emissions testing facility were part of a “clean scanning” scheme. According to state investigators, emissions data from vehicles with clean emissions were substituted for vehicles whose mechanical condition might have caused them to fail state emission tests.
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Attorney General's lawsuit against Mahrouq Enterprises and the defendant's used car lots
The Office of the Attorney General worked with the North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG) to jointly investigate vehicle inspection stickers that appeared on cars and trucks sold by Automax. Based on emissions inspection data, authorities determined that certain vehicles were never actually subjected to emissions testing. Customers who purchased these untested vehicles assumed the inspection stickers were valid. As a result, those customers could have been harmed by the fraudulent scheme if future testing revealed that costly repairs were necessary to pass legitimate emissions tests.

In addition to harming vehicle purchasers, the defendant’s scheme violated the State’s “AirCheck” program rules, which target high-polluting vehicles for removal from Texas highways by previewing incentives to dealers and customers who participate in the program. AirCheck, administered locally by the NCTCOG, allows customers to apply for up to $3,500 in vouchers toward the purchase of new or qualifying used vehicles. The program then reimburses car dealers for the vouchers used by customers to purchase vehicles. In this case, Automax and Dollar Rent a Car Sales were fraudulently selling later model -- but clean-scanned -- vehicles under the AirCheck program.

A typical clean-scan operation involves a vehicle inspector attaching testing equipment to a “clean” vehicle that already passed the clean air inspection. Then, the inspector enters an untested and potentially non-compliant vehicle’s identification number (VIN), which is not the vehicle being tested. As a result, an untested vehicle passes its inspection, receives an inspection sticker and is capable of being sold.

By investigating and reviewing data collected by emissions testing machines, NCTCOG investigators can uncover illegal testing schemes, as in this case. The testing equipment, which interfaces with each vehicle’s onboard diagnostic equipment, helps investigators uncover when a vehicle has been issued another vehicle’s testing results and inspection sticker.
 

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