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Debra Wong Yang
United States Attorney
Central District of California


United States Courthouse
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Los Angeles, California 90012
PRESS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 6, 2005
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Thom Mrozek (213) 894-6947

MAN ARRAIGNED ON FEDERAL AIR POLLUTION CHARGES FOR SELLING MOTORCYCLES THAT LACKED SMOG GEAR


Los Angeles, CA - A Henderson, Nevada man who manufactured and sold custom-built motorcycles that did not have required air pollution equipment has been charged with violating the Clean Air Act and with advising his customers to lie to state and federal investigators.

Tory Mathew Stone, 42, who owns and operates All World Cycles, Inc. in Anaheim and Henderson, Nevada was named in a 13-count indictment that was returned by a federal grand jury on May 4. The indictment was unsealed this morning when Stone appeared in United States District Court in Santa Ana to plead not guilty to the charges.

Representatives from the California Air Resources Board visited Stone's shop approximately one year ago, and they discovered that he was selling motorcycles with no air pollution control equipment. At this time, Stone was advised that he could not sell the motorcycles without the required equipment and that he must also obtain certification from the United States Environmental Protection Agency.

The indictment alleges that Stone continued to sell motorcycles without obtaining the required certification. The indictment goes on to charge Stone with witness tampering for alleging telling customers to provide false information to investigators looking into the illegal sale of motorcycles.

Stone is also charged with 11 counts of "structuring" monetary transactions to avoid federal requirements that cash transactions of $10,000 or more be reported to banking authorities. The indictment alleges that Stone, in a period of less than one year, withdrew well over $300,000 in cash from his accounts and that no withdrawal was more than $10,000.

Stone was arraigned on the indictment this morning, at which time a trial was scheduled for August 2. If Stone is convicted of all 13 charges in the indictment, he faces a maximum possible penalty of 112 years in federal prison.

An indictment contains allegations that a defendant has committed a crime. Every defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

This case is the result of an investigation Criminal Investigation Division of the United States Environmental Protection Agency, the California Air Resources Board, and United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

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Release No. 05-085

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