Mechanic Made Millions Selling Illegal Emissions Device

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A solitary mechanic may have contributed to foster vehicle emissions pollution, with a device he created that has helped thousands of vehicles bypass emissions controls, Market watch reports. Those the vehicles would go to pollute hundreds of times more than the legal limit.

Mechanic Matthew Sidney Geouge, of Hendersonville, North Carolina, ran his emissions operation for more than 10 years at his company, Spartan Diesel Technologies. Federal authorities claim Geouge announced devices would help increase the engine performance of diesel trucks. He sold more than 14,000 devices, manufacturing over $10 million.

According to the authorities, Geouge’s tuners or “tunes” were designed to maximize engine power, which resulted in a significant increase in harmful air emissions. Some drivers who have purchased this performance enhancement service, ended up noticing and reporting that they actually decrease performance.

Geouge has been warned several times over the years to stop selling the devices, but never did. The first warning came in 2015 when the EPA issued a stop sale citation. Just two years later, the EPA hit him with a $4 million fine, prompting him to sell Spartan Diesel Technologies. It’s better because of course Geouge wasn’t either tax declaration. The IRS says it did not file bbetween 2015 and 2019.

After pleading guilty in the case against him for tax evasion and violation Under the Clean Air Act, Geouge faces three years of supervised release, six months of home confinement, a $1.3 million fine to the EPA and $1.2 million in restitution to the IRS. Three of his conspirators all received the same terms of probation and house arrest along with fines ranging from $10,000 to $150,000

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