For Immediate Release
May 24, 2010
Senior Assistant Attorney General Connie Stratton
Attorney General Michael A. Delaney announced that a Hillsborough County Grand Jury returned two felony indictments against Empire Automotive Group, Inc. for violations of RSA 358-A:2, the New Hampshire Consumer Protection Act.
Empire Automotive Group, Inc. is a retail motor vehicle dealership in Manchester, New Hampshire which sells pre-owned vehicles.
The indictments charge that Empire Automotive Group, Inc. violated the Consumer Protection Act by placing inspection stickers on pre-owned motor vehicles it sold to consumers, when those vehicles had failed the onboard diagnostic emissions test.
These criminal charges are a result of an investigation conducted by the Department of Safety, Division of Motor Vehicles.
Attorney General Delaney said, "When inspection stickers are placed on vehicles that do not pass inspection because they have failed the onboard diagnostic emissions test, consumers not only fail to get what they pay for, others are placed at risk by cars which damage the environment. The New Hampshire Attorney General's Office will continue to protect consumers against motor vehicle dealerships which engage in this kind of unfair or deceptive business practices."
To check on the consumer complaint history of a business, contact the Consumer Protection Bureau of the Attorney General's Office, by calling its hotline at 888-468-4454 or log onto its Web site at www.doj.nh.gov/consumer and click on Business Complaint Lookup.
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