DEQ: Husband and wife ran inspection sticker scheme
GONZALEZ - A husband and wife running an inspection sticker business are accused of cutting corners and putting unfit cars on the road.
Louisiana State Police and the Department of Environmental Quality arrested Chad Ledet and Yolande Ledet for falsifying public documents. The two run Terry's Express in Gonzales on Airline Highway.
According to an affidavit, when cars did not pass the emissions test, the couple would lie to push the inspection through the system.
In one example of a violation, a car weighed 6598 pounds and failed the emissions test. On the same day, the same car was inspected again, but this time the couple fraudulently entered the car's weight at 10,001 pounds into a state database. By increasing the weight of the car, the emissions test is much less stringent and was able to pass the inspection.
Both declined to comment when the WBRZ News 2 Investigative Unit asked about the alleged illegal inspection stickers.
Chad Ledet faces 29 charges and Yolande Ledet faces 66 charges of falsifying public documents.
"This goes back to vehicles not meeting safety requirements then those vehicles being operated on public roadways with our children, our parents, our families and that's a concern to us at public safety," Louisiana State Police Capt. Doug Cain said.