DETROIT (WWJ) — A former employee of Suzuki Motor Corporation has pleaded guilty to submitting false emissions reports to the U.S. Environmental Protective Agency.
Wayne Powell submitted the plea today in federal court in Detroit. Powell violated the Clean Air Act by submitting a false end-of-year report to the EPA.READ MORE: Striking Kellogg's Workers Receiving 3% Raises In New Contract
Powell was in charge of submitting Suzuki’s 2012 application to the EPA so the vehicle manufacturer could sell vehicles in the U.S. The plea agreement states Powell submitted fake emissions reports for four different motorcycles.READ MORE: 87% Of Michigan's COVID ICU Patients Unvaccinated, Hospital Association Says
According to a release, rather than seek certification of each motorcycle engine family, Suzuki combined the certifications of multiple engine families and averaged their emission standards based on the total number of motorcycles in each family.MORE NEWS: Democrats Renew Push For Gun-Control Legislation After Oxford High School Shooting
He faces a maximum penalty of two years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000.