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FISCAL YEAR: 2013
1. PRINCIPAL DEFENDANT: Tanveer Anwar
W.D.  North Carolina  3:11-CR-241-MOC
2. DEFENDANT: Jassim (Jay) Juburi
W.D.  North Carolina  3:12-CR-84-MOC


Anwar was a licensed OBD inspector and owner-operator of Eagle Auto Repair (Eagle Auto) in Charlotte. From January 2010 through May 2011, Anwar and Juburi clean scanned 1,008 vehicles at Eagle Auto. Anwar used his personal vehicles, or the vehicle of a friend, as the surrogate vehicle to falsely pass cars that would have otherwise failed emissions inspections. The defendants illegally profited in excess of $50 per vehicle in exchange for the false passing results.



August 5, 2011
Anwar was charged with conspiracy to violate the CAA {42 U.S.C. 7413(c)(2)(A)}
CITATION: 18 USC 2, 42 U.S.C. 7413(c)(2)(A)
August 29, 2011
Anwar pled guilty to the charge.

March 20, 2012
Juburi was charged with 1 count of conspiracy, to which he pled guilty.

October 29, 2012
Anwar was sentenced sentenced to 4 months in prison and 4 months of home confinement, and was ordered to serve 50 hours of community service. He was also prohibited from conducting vehicle inspections in the future.


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 19, 2012
Western District of North Carolina

Two Charlotte Men Sentenced To Prison For Conducting False Vehicle Emissions Inspections

Defendants Falsely Passed Vehicles That Required Emissions Related Repairs

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Two Charlotte men were sentenced today in U.S. District Court in Charlotte for violating the Clean Air Act by conducting false vehicle emissions inspections, announced Anne M. Tompkins, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina.

U.S. Attorney Tompkins is joined in making today’s announcement by Special Agent in Charge Maureen O’Mara of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Criminal Investigation Division (EPA-CID), Atlanta Area Office; Greg McLeod, Director of the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation (NC SBI); and Jack D. Coltrane Director of the Division of Motor Vehicles License and Theft Bureau (NCDMV L&T).

U.S. District Judge Max O. Cogburn, Jr. sentenced Erick Alexander Chicas, 22, of Charlotte, to three months in prison followed by three months of home confinement. Chicas was also ordered to serve 50 hours of community service and to pay a $7,500 fine. Tanveer Anwar, 55, also of Charlotte, was sentenced to four months in prison and four months of home confinement, and was ordered to serve 50 hours of community service. Both defendants are prohibited from conducting vehicle inspections in the future.

According to filed documents and court related proceedings, at the time of their criminal conduct Chicas and Anwar were employed by two different local vehicle repair shops in Charlotte and were each licensed by the state of North Carolina to conduct onboard diagnostic (OBD) inspections. Court documents indicate that from November 2010 through May 2011, Chicas conducted 236 false vehicle inspections by connecting his personal vehicle to the state OBD emissions analyzer, an activity known as “clean scanning,” thus providing false passing scores for vehicles that would have failed because they required emissions related repairs. In exchange for the false passing results, Chicas typically charged more than the standard inspection fee, sometimes as high as $120 per vehicle.

Anwar was a licensed OBD inspector and owner-operator of Eagle Auto Repair (Eagle Auto) in Charlotte. From January 2010 through May 2011, Anwar clean scanned 1,008 vehicles at Eagle Auto. Anwar used his personal vehicles, or the vehicle of a friend, as the surrogate vehicle to falsely pass cars that would have otherwise failed emissions inspections. Anwar illegally profited in excess of $50 per vehicle in exchange for the false passing results.

The Clean Air Act requires vehicle emission inspections in geographic regions that exceed national ambient air quality standards. According to the EPA, the Charlotte metropolitan area exceeds the 8-hour standard set for Ozone, a potent irritant that can cause lung damage and other kinds of respiratory problems.

U.S. Attorney Tompkins said, “By passing vehicles that discharged excessive pollution, these defendants broke the law and caused harm to the environment. Clean scanning is a dangerous and illegal practice. We will continue to work closely with EPA, SBI and DMV to identify and prosecute those who engage in this criminal activity that not only violates federal law but puts public health at risk.”

“Vehicle emission inspections are an important component of maintaining clean air and protecting the public from pollutants that can cause serious respiratory illnesses,” stated EPA’s Special Agent in Charge Maureen O’Mara. “We will continue our partnership with the State Bureau of Investigation and the Division of Motor Vehicles to protect the health of the citizens of North Carolina from inspectors who put personal profits ahead of the environment.”

NC SBI Director Greg McLeod stated, “Deliberately falsifying emissions tests is illegal and puts people’s health and safety at risk, plus it’s unfair to businesses that are following the law. The SBI will continue to work with our partners in state and federal law enforcement to pursue those who violate laws that protect the public from unhealthy pollutants.”

“North Carolina DMV’s License and Theft Bureau continues its vigilant oversight of the state’s vehicle inspection program. Our efforts include halting illegal inspections and stopping the vehicle inspectors who carry them out,” said DMV License and Theft Bureau Director Jack D. Coltrane.

The defendants are required to self-report to the Federal Bureau of Prisons, upon designation of a federal facility. Federal sentences are served without the possibility of parole.

The Investigation of this case was conducted by EPA’s Criminal Investigation Division, SBI’s Diversion and Environmental Crimes Unit, NC DMV’s License and Theft Bureau, with the assistance of the North Carolina Division of Air Quality, Mobile Sources Compliance Branch. The prosecution was handled by Assistant United States Attorney Steven R. Kaufman of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Charlotte.

August 8, 2013
Juburi was sentenced to 18 months incarceration, 36 months probation, ordered to pay a $100 special assessment and a $15,000 fine.


Press Release
Western District of North Carolina
August 9, 2013

Charlotte Man Receives 18-Month Prison Term For Vehicle Emissions Fraud

United States Attorney Anne M. Tompkins Western District of North Carolina

Defendant Continued To Conduct Illegal Emissions Inspections After Entering Guilty Plea

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – A Charlotte man was sentenced on Thursday, August 8, 2013, to serve 18 months in prison for conducting over 530 false vehicle emission inspections, announced Anne M. Tompkins, U.S. Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina. U.S. District Judge Max O. Cogburn, Jr. also ordered Jassim Juburi, 40, of Charlotte, to stay under court supervision for three years following the prison term, and to a pay a $15,000 fine, which, if paid in full, can reduce Juburi’s term of supervised release to two years.

U.S. Attorney Tompkins is joined in making today’s announcement by Special Agent in Charge Maureen O’Mara of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Criminal Investigation Division (EPA-CID), Atlanta Area Office; Greg McLeod, Director of the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation (NC SBI); and Steven M. Watkins, Director of the North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles License and Theft Bureau (NC DMV L&T).

According to court records and yesterday’s sentencing hearing, Juburi worked at Central Auto Inspection & Repair (Central Auto) in Charlotte, as a mechanic and a vehicle emissions inspector licensed by the state of North Carolina. As a state-licensed emissions inspector, Juburi conducted onboard diagnostic (OBD) inspections to test federally-mandated vehicle emissions. Court records show that from August 2010 to March 2012, and while employed at Central Auto, Juburi conducted 534 illegal vehicle emissions inspections, using surrogate vehicles to falsely pass those that would have failed emissions inspections. The illegal practice of utilizing substitute vehicles for emissions testing is referred to in the industry as “clean scanning.” Court records indicate that Juburi charged as much as $100 to clean scan a vehicle. According to yesterday’s sentencing hearing, law enforcement agents were able to obtain a fraudulent vehicle emissions certificate from Central Auto without ever producing a vehicle to be inspected. The fraudulent emissions test and certificate were generated by Juburi.

In March 2012, Juburi pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to violate the Clean Air Act by conducting false vehicle emissions inspections. Court records indicate that Juburi continued to conduct false inspections, even after entering a guilty plea on the charge. According to filed documents, between March and April 2012, Juburi conducted an additional 11 clean scans at Central Auto. Court records show that Juburi was unable to continue clean scanning vehicles after NC DMV L&T suspended Central Auto’s license to conduct emissions inspections. Central Auto’s license has been suspended for a period of 10 years.

Juburi has been in local federal custody since October 2012, following a court-ordered bond revocation for continuing the fraudulent conduct after entering a guilty plea. Juburi will remain in the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service pending placement by the Federal Bureau of Prisons. All federal sentences are served without the possibility of parole.

The Clean Air Act requires vehicle emission inspections in geographic regions that exceed national ambient air quality standards. According to the EPA, the Charlotte metropolitan area exceeds the 8-hour standard set for Ozone, a potent irritant that can cause lung damage and other types of respiratory problems.

The investigation of this case was conducted by the EPA’s criminal investigation division, NC SBI’s Diversion and Environmental Crimes Unit, and NC DMV License and Theft Bureau, with assistance from the North Carolina Division of Air Quality, Mobile Sources Compliance Branch. The prosecution was handled by Assistant United States Attorney Steven R. Kaufman of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Charlotte.

STATUTE:
  • Clean Air Act (CAA)
  • Title 18 U.S. Criminal Code (TITLE 18)

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