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Southern California importer of off-highway vehicles ordered to pay $250,000 judgment
Importer illegally sold uncertified vehicles to statewide dealership
EL MONTE, CA - An investigation by the Air Resources Board led to a $250,000 judgment issued in October 2010 by the
ARB investigators found NST, Inc., also known as New Star, owned by John Cheng, illegally sold at least 52 off-highway recreational vehicles such as ATVs, dirt bikes and go-karts to
NST was issued a Notice of Violation for selling ARB non-certified vehicles. Because a settlement could not be reached, the case was referred to the San Bernardino County District Attorney's Office for prosecution. A judgment was ultimately entered in the amount of $250,000 for Health and Safety Code and Business and Professions Code violations.
In 2006 NST settled with ARB for $80,000 for the importation, sale and delivery of non-certified pocket bikes and scooters. Because the owner of the company was a repeat violator, ARB officials sought the highest financial penalty in the 2010 case.
Additionally, dealerships and distributors throughout
Vehicles that do not meet
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