RALEIGH - Two former employees of Perla Motorsports, located at 1015 Ellis Road, Durham, were arrested over the past two weeks by the N.C. Division of Motor Vehicles' License and Theft Bureau for performing clean scans on 18 vehicles in 2011. Carlos Efrain Ramos Ucles, 20, of Raleigh was arrested June 1 and placed in the Durham County jail on a $5,000 secured bond. Benton Lucas Foreman, 33, of Durham was arrested on June 6 and placed in the Durham County jail on a $10,000 secured bond.
Foreman was charged with 15 felony counts of issuing an electronic inspection authorization for a vehicle that did not pass inspection and was not issued a waiver. Ucles was charged with three counts of the same felony charge. A clean scan of a vehicle involves the use of a substitute vehicle to pass the inspection of a vehicle that would not pass on its own.
At the time of the offenses, Foreman and Ucles were licensed state inspectors at Perla Motorsports. They are charged with performing clean scans for customers whose vehicles would not pass inspections either because of a check engine light or for not-ready issues. Customers would pay extra money for this service.
Perla Motorsports' license to operate an inspection station was suspended for nine years in September 2011 and the business was fined $4,500 for allowing clean scans on vehicles.
The arrests follow a yearlong joint investigation by the N.C. State Bureau of Investigation's Diversion and Environmental Crimes Unit, the Environmental Protection Agency's Criminal Investigation Division, the N.C. Division of Air Quality and the Division of Motor Vehicles' License and Theft Bureau. The case remains under investigation.