3 men generate over $210K from unlawful vehicle inspections, officials say

Men charged with tampering with governmental records

Edward Byrd Jr., Dalvin Dewayne Prejean, Lendrick Cortez Sims

HARRIS COUNTY, Texas – Three men were arrested on April 13 on suspicion they had a role in conducting unlawful vehicle inspections.

The Harris County Precinct 4 Constable's Office said a task force unit executed six felony arrest warrants at Byrd's Full Service in the 8000 block of Lockwood Drive.

Deputies said Edward Byrd Jr., Dalvin Dewayne Prejean and Lendrick Cortez Sims conducted fraudulent inspections using a procedure called "clean scanning."

Deputies said approximately 2,620 unlawful inspections were conducted over a one-year period, generating an estimated $210,000 in illicit money.

Each man was charged with two counts of tampering with a governmental record, a second-degree felony.

“This type of criminal activity contributes to health-threatening pollution," Precinct 4 Constable Mark Herman said. "In addition, it affords the opportunity for unsafe vehicles to be driven on a public roadway due to not meeting the minimum safety standards. Illicit money is often used to fund other criminal activities.”

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