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Somerset Man Pleads Guilty to Vehicle Inspection Fraud

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A Somerset man and his inspection company have pleaded guilty to issuing state inspection stickers without conducting required safety and emission inspections of commercial vehicles, including school buses, tractor trailers and construction equipment, Attorney General Martha Coakley announced today.

Richard Silvia, 71, pleaded guilty in Bristol Superior Court on Tuesday to charges of Violating Vehicle Emissions and Safety Inspection Requirements (41 counts) and Fraudulently Issuing Inspection Stickers (24 counts). His company, Bristol County Tire Service, Inc. pleaded guilty to charges of Violating Vehicle Emissions and Safety Inspection Requirements (3 counts) and Fraudulently Issuing an Inspection Sticker.

After the plea was entered, Superior Court Judge Gary A. Nickerson sentenced Silvia to 60 days in the House of Corrections followed by five years of probation on and after the imposed jail sentence. Under the conditions of probation Silvia is prohibited from being involved directly or indirectly with the inspection of motor vehicles, including Bristol County Tire Service, or any business involving the inspection of motor vehicles. Silvia is further prohibited from handling or using RMV documents directly or indirectly in any way.

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