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Smog technician gets one year for illegally certifying cars

June 22, 2011 |  2:54 pm

A former smog check technician was sentenced Wednesday to one year in Los Angeles County Jail for illegally certifying cars at two Los Angeles smog check locations.

The technician, Jermaine E. Williams, was found guilty of submitting false information and vehicle registration information to the state, said Glenn Mason, a spokesman for the Department of Consumer Affairs.

Williams was given credit for 450 days served. He was sentenced to five years' probation and ordered to pay $1,000 in restitution.

Williams and two co-defendants, sentenced earlier this year, illegally certified "numerous" vehicles last year at two L.A. smog inspection sites, according to investigators from the state's Bureau of Automotive Repair.

Rodney Johnson, one of the co-defendants, pleaded no contest in March and was sentenced to 15 months in state prison. His smog technician license had been previously revoked. He worked with Williams at Smog Experts on West 54th Street in South L.A.

Darnell Usher, an unlicensed technician who worked at an AM PM Smog on South Avalon Boulevard, was sentenced in April to five years of probation.

He was given credit for 160 days of house arrest.

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-- Ricardo Lopez

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