More than 100 charged in Maine car inspection scam


BIDDEFORD, Maine (AP) — The Biddeford, Maine, Police Department says the number of motorists who have been arrested or have received summonses for phony inspection stickers now tops 100.

Investigators say the counterfeit inspection stickers were selling for $75 to $100. That’s far more expensive than the $12.50 cost of a legitimate inspection sticker in 15 out of Maine’s 16 counties, but it allows motorists to avoid costly repairs that might be uncovered during an inspection by a certified mechanic.

Biddeford Chief Roger Beaupre said previously the stickers appear to have been made on high-end copy machines. And police said Monday that they’ve seized computer equipment, printers and paper products from a home in Saco.

So far four people have been charged with aggravated forgery, and charges are being brought against a fifth.