Updated June 30 at 10:30am

Somerset man, shop sentenced for inspection fraud

FALL RIVER – A Somerset resident and his inspection company 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 last week.

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Somerset man, shop sentenced for inspection fraud

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FALL RIVER – A Somerset resident and his inspection company 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 last week.

Richard Silvia, 71, pleaded guilty in Bristol Superior Court 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 (three counts) and fraudulently issuing an inspection sticker.

Silvia was sentenced to 60 days in the House of Corrections, followed by five years of probation 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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