Four vehicle inspectors have been jailed and two Jiffy Lube stations suspended from performing state inspections.
The DMV says the two locations are on Greenville Boulevard and Memorial Drive in Greenville. The state says the Greenville Boulevard location was suspended from performing inspections for 10 1/2 years and fined $5,250, while other Memorial Drive location was suspended for three years and fined $1,500.
The four inspectors are charged with performing illegal inspections for extra fees and are facing a total of 44 felony counts. Linville Almond, 40, was charged with 20 counts and is being held on a $30,000 secured bond; Donnie Wilson, 55, was charged with 17 counts and is being held on a $25,000 secured bond; Marcus Tyson, 31, was charged with five counts and is being held on a $10,000 secured bond; and Joshua Sweezy, 24, was charged with two counts and is being held on a $5,000 secured bond.
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The DMV says the investigation began in early May. The employees are accused of charging customers as much as $200 extra to pass the vehicles.
According to investigators, Wilson, who owns Donnie's Automotive Care in Greenville, is charged with collecting money from owners whose vehicles would not pass inspection on their own, then taking the vehicles or the vehicle information to one of the Jiffy Lube stations to receive a passing inspection. The state says both Almond and Tyson are Jiffy Lube managers and inspectors while Sweezy is a former Jiffy Lube employee and inspector.