Faking Drive Clean certificate a costly error
When vehicle owner Cresteena Fernandes tried to submit a fake Drive Clean certificate to a vehicle licensing office in the Town of New Tecumseth, she had no idea it would cost her $2,500.
The Ontario Ministry of the Environment (MOE) discovered Ms. Fernandes' fraudulent certificate when conducting an investigation. The fake document indicated her 1996 Mercury Mystique had passed an Ontario Drive Clean emissions test. The MOE laid one charge of submitting false or misleading information against Ms. Fernandes, who pleaded guilty to the offence and was handed the $2,500 fine, plus a 25% victim surcharge.