LEWISTON, Maine — A Lewiston man believed to have printed hundreds of phony state inspection stickers over the last four years has been arrested, state police said.
Percy Hutchins, 31, is charged with aggravated forgery and is being held at the Androscoggin County Jail, Department of Public Safety spokesman Stephen McCausland said.
McCausland said Hutchins ran the business out of his Lewiston residence, selling fake inspection stickers for at least $100.
The operation was uncovered by Troop B troopers last week, McCausland said, and 27 phony inspection stickers were seized from the residence, in addition to 10 others seized earlier in the investigation. McCausland said the stickers were distributed throughout central Maine.
Along with the stickers, glass-encased proofs, computers and a printer also were seized.
McCausland said fake inspection stickers have been a glaring problem in recent years.
“While it has become more difficult to spot them, troopers continue to find them in increasing numbers, many times on vehicles that pose serious safety risks to the motoring public,” McCausland said.