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Muhammad Malik has been conducting fraudulent vehicle inspections, officials say

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HOUSTON – Authorities are looking for a man who is accused of conducting fraudulent vehicle inspections using a procedure called “clean scanning.”

Muhammad Arif Malik, 70, is wanted by law enforcement officials.

Investigators have filed two counts of tampering with a governmental record against Malik, which is a second-degree felony.

Muhammad Arif Malik
Muhammad Arif Malik

On Friday, officials with Constable Mark Herman's Emissions Task Force Unit conducted an investigation at Primo’s Garage, in the 11100 block of Aldine Westfield. The garage is a licensed state vehicle inspection station.

Malik, who is a Primo’s Garage employee, conducted numerous unlawful motor vehicle inspections over an extended period of time, the investigation showed, according to a news release.

“This type of criminal activity contributes to health threatening pollution,” 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 gained from these types of activities is often used to fund other criminal activities."

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