Smog Check Business Charged With Conducting Improper Repairs

OCDASeal

Orange County District Attorney
Press Release


Tony Rackauckas, District Attorney
401 Civic Center Drive West
Santa Ana, CA 92701

For Immediate Release
September 5th, 2001

Contact: DDA Priscilla Cloud (714) 347-8606

SANTA ANA — A smog check business was charged today with conducting improper repairs following an investigation by the state Bureau of Automotive Repair.

The District Attorney’s Office is seeking $100,000 and the cost of litigation from defendants TLCT, Inc.; Smog Express Fullerton; and owners Todd Allen Peterson and Lynn Lee Craft. The business is located at 1101 S. Euclid Ave., Fullerton and is a registered Automotive Repair Dealer and is also licensed as a Smog Check Station.

The lawsuit alleges that the defendants engaged in unfair and unlawful business practices by selling and attempting to sell unnecessary repairs, performing improper Smog Check Inspections, fraud, failing to give written estimates, providing improper invoices and making false and misleading statements as well as performing services in an incompetent manner.

Motorists began complaining to the Bureau of Automotive Repair in 1990. After receiving more than 70 complaints, the Bureau conducted three undercover operations in 1999. The case was referred to the District Attorney’s Office. Attempts to settle the case were unsuccessful, so prosecutors filed a lawsuit.