Nfld. & Labrador

Owner of St. John's school bus inspection company facing criminal charges

The owner of a school bus inspection station in St. John's is facing criminal charges after allegedly conducting fraudulent school bus inspections.

School board responds to fraud charges against owner of school bus inspection station

The owner of Roche's Automotive has been charged with 44 counts of fraud, and one count of obstruction. (Ted Dillon/CBC)

The owner of a St. John's school bus inspection station is facing criminal charges after allegedly conducting fraudulent inspections on dozens of buses.

The Royal Newfoundland Constabulary has charged Roche's Automotive Services owner Peter Roche with 44 counts of fraud and a single charge of obstruction. 

The inspection station on Brookfield Road was also issued 44 tickets, as was Roche, under the Highway Traffic Act.

The Newfoundland and Labrador English School District called the charges "concerning" in a statement to CBC News. 

"As student safety is paramount for the District, any incident of this nature is concerning," the statement reads.

"Our staff work in conjunction with Service NL and our local police forces to address these situations appropriately."

The Royal Newfoundland Constabulary laid the charges in conjunction with Service NL on January 24.

The RNC said in a release that Service NL has inspected the 44 buses and confirms they are in "proper working order."

Police said the owner of the school buses is not believed to have been involved in the alleged fraud. 

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