Charges involve a High Point inspection station, dealerships in Guilford, Davidson, Randolph counties
RALEIGH - The North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles' License and Theft Bureau Wednesday arrested four Triad area suspects on charges of performing illegal inspections and selling vehicles that had falsely passed inspection prior to being sold.
Richard Lee Jackson, 58, owner of Richard Automotive Inspection Station, 5512 Mendenhall Road of Trinity, was charged with 141 counts of soliciting or accepting anything of value to pass a vehicle that fails a safety or emissions inspection.
Three vehicle dealerships were charged with paying for a forged inspection and obtaining property by false pretenses by selling the vehicle as having passed a safety or emissions inspection. Bradley Richard Cox, 41, manager of Grandview Motors, 7035 Mendenhall Road, Archdale, was charged with 49 counts of possessing forged inspections and 34 counts of obtaining property by false pretenses. Sofia Beatriz Hucaluk, 52, owner of Paul's Auto Brokers, 2204 W. English Road, High Point, was charged with 67 counts of possessing forged inspections and 51 counts of obtaining property by false pretenses. Sergio Eduardo Reyes, 40, manager of Compas Auto Sales, 104 Transit Ave., Thomasville, was charged with 6 counts of possessing forged inspections and 6 counts of obtaining property by false pretenses.
Jackson, a licensed vehicle inspector, is accused of performing clean scans for the three dealerships. Jackson was found to be using a substitute vehicle able to pass inspections to represent vehicles from the dealers that would not pass inspections on their own. The dealers are accused of paying extra money to Jackson for this service, known as clean scanning, and then selling these vehicles to unsuspecting citizens, who believed the vehicles they were purchasing were in good condition and had legitimately passed a state inspection.