Texas Car Dealership and Nine Individuals Charged in Emissions Cheating Conspiracy – Hoodline

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A ring of nine individuals and a Texas car dealership stands accused of polluting America piece by piece, after being indicted for outfitting diesel trucks with illegal devices that dodged U.S. emissions standards, the Department of Justice reported.

Names like Phillip Dwain Waddell and Curtis Kevin Poore, once just businessmen in the eyes of their communities, now sit at the center of a conspiracy to spit toxins into our skies. These men, alongside seven others and the James Hodge Motors dealership, which goes by Jay Hodge Dodge in the day-to-day grind of selling vehicles, have been hit with charges for violating the Clean Air Act, weaving a web of deceit that could leave the lot facing stiff penalties, the U.S. Department of Justice.

In a statement that cuts through the smog of corporate pollution, U.S. Attorney Leigha Simonton laid it out clearly: “These defendants intentionally flouted laws designed to ensure our children – and our children’s children – have clean air to breathe.” Simonton’s words echo through the halls of justice as environmental officers dismantle the greasy gears of a machine that pumped out illegal levels of pollutants right under the nose of regulations meant to shepherd us into a future where the wind is as pure as the aspirations we hold for posterity, as per the U.S. Department of Justice.

According to the charges, the conspiracy unfolded over a span beginning in August 2018 and running through April 2021, with the accused rolling out a production line of treachery, installing so-called “delete tunes” in diesel that allowed them to belch out unlawful emissions and cashing in – netting over $2 million for the tunes, which they hustled off for up to $1,350 a pop, the indictment details.

If the accused can’t steer their way clear of these allegations, they’re looking at up to five years in the clink, not to mention fines climbing like mercury on a summer day – up to half a million dollars for corporate culprits. These are the high stakes laid out on the green felt of environmental justice, and from the offices of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality to the corner desks of the EPA, the chorus is clear: play dirty with the air, and you’ll end up cleaning out your bank account to the tune of the public’s ire.

For press inquiries, Erin Dooley holds the line as the contact point, ready to provide the latest briefing on how this saga of smoke and mirrors unfolds. This bout against uncapped pollution shows that, while some will try to profit at the cost of breathable air, there are others poised to clear the haze with the swing of the judicial gavel.

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