34 North Texas businesses raided after emissions tests falsified

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by JIM DOUGLAS

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WFAA

Posted on September 20, 2013 at 6:54 PM

Updated Friday, Sep 20 at 11:09 PM

FORT WORTH -- An impound lot in Fort Worth holds dozens of confiscated analyzers -- machines that determine whether our cars pass emissions inspections.

They have keyboards that were tied directly to a state database. But in many thousands of cases, perhaps close to a quarter-million, authorities say the information sent to Austin was not from the car actually tested.

Over the past two years, a Tarrant County Sheriff’s task force has raided about 35 inspection centers for allegedly hooking clean cars to analyzers to get a sticker for a car that won't pass.

It's good money for bad air.

"An illegal inspection in Tarrant County goes for about $60 dollars -- Anywhere from $60 to $80," said task force commander Tim Canas.

That’s about double the price for a legal sticker.

Most of the raided stations are small businesses in Fort Worth.

Investigators say All American Inspections on East Lancaster was the worst offender, cranking out 150 fraudulent clean scans every week. Authorities say most of the vehicles were brought in by used car dealers.

The task force raided four car lots, including three just last week.

Documents obtained through an open records request show four people arrested in April at Lynn Smith Auto Sales on East Lancaster. All four were charged with organized crime. The charges are still pending.

Dealership owner Barry Smith, who was arrested, said he knew nothing about illegal stickers. He said he sends his cars to several different inspection stations and assumes they operate legally.

So far, 17 people have been convicted, but charges against five have been dismissed.

E-mail jdouglas@wfaa.com


Here is a list of the raided businesses:

All American
5400 E Lancaster
FW

ANC Inspection
1600 N Crowley
FW

Dixon Lane
500 Dixon Lane
Arlington

Ibiza Garage
1100 Colorado Ln
Arlington

Aguilar
2800 Weiler St
FW

Yesenia #1
3600 E Rosedale
FW

Yesenia #2
3000 Mansfield Hwy
FW

JR’s Inspection
3300 May St
FW

Monte’s Muffler
400 NW 28th ST
FW

Star Inspection
4800 Wichita St
FW

Reyes Muffler
4100 Mansfield Hwy
FW

Garcias
100 Browning
Arlington

(No name listed)
200 Taylor St
FW

Celaya Inspection
2500 Riverside
FW

VR Inspection
3800 S Freeway
FW

Dos Amigos
1300 NW 25th St
FW

Analyzer Express
4300 Hemphill St
FW

Laredos
1600 Rowan ST
Dallas

M&T Arlington
1200 Colorado Ln
Arlington

East Side Auto
4000 E Lancaster Ave
FW

Jaltex
3100 Bryan Ave
FW

Reyes Muffler
400 E Rosedale
FW

Aguirre
600 W Dickson
FW

El Rio Inspection
2700 Lincoln Ave
FW

Lynn Smith
3000 E Lancaster
FW

Quick State
700 California
FW

Amigos Inspection
2800 Azle Ave
FW

Longhorn
600 W Dickson
FW

(No name listed)
2300 Green Oaks Blvd
Arlington

M&T Dallas
2400 Walnut Hill Lane
Dallas

Tire and Auto
2200 Jacksboro Hwy
FW

A-All Auto Care
100 S Bowen
Arlington

Pro Quick Lube
3600 S Cooper
Arlington

MGN Auto
2700 White Settlement Rd
FW

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