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Registry manager charged in scheme

Inspection licenses, machines allegedly sold for profit

A project manager at the Registry of Motor Vehicles was arrested Monday on charges of scheming with a service station owner to extort money from other service station owners who had been seeking licenses to conduct car safety inspections.

Mark C. LaFrance, 51, of Braintree, the project manager, and Simon Abou Raad, 50, of Tyngsborough, who owned stations in Tewksbury and Tyngsborough, were each charged with conspiracy under the federal Hobbs Act.

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