Man Booked in Sale of 'Brake Tags'

POSTED: Monday, July 20, 2009 - 8:48am

UPDATED: Thursday, June 3, 2010 - 10:58pm

HOUMA, La. (AP) - The owner of an auto detailing business in
Houma that also was a state-licensed motor vehicle inspection
station has been arrested for allegedly selling inspection stickers
without doing the proper inspections.
Fifty-year-old Charles Shields was booked Friday with
malfeasance in office and false public records charges.
He's accused of selling 55 inspection stickers, commonly called
"brake tags," for about $10 each. State police add that about 325
stickers were unaccounted for following an investigation.
Forty-three-year-old Alphonse Haston of New Orleans, who was
arrested in June, allegedly resold the stickers in River Ridge, and
made about $1,000.
Charges against Haston include improper representation as an
official station and injuring public records.