St. Louis man sentenced for false emissions tests -

St. Louis man sentenced for false emissions tests

ST. LOUIS (AP) -- A St. Louis man has been sentenced to four months of home confinement and a year of probation for fraudulently passing vehicles as part of the region's emissions testing.

The sentence for 45-year-old James Dubose was handed down Monday in federal court. Another man, Michael Terry, also was placed on probation for one year at an earlier sentencing.

Terry and Dubose work for a shop licensed to conduct auto emissions testing that is part of the effort to improve air quality in the St. Louis region.

Authorities say the Missouri State Highway Patrol identified 31 vehicles fraudulently tested by Terry, and 23 by Dubose. Some vehicle owners paid inflated charges so that potentially faulty vehicles were allowed to pass.

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