Court putting brakes on crooked Redwood City mechanic 

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This mechanic ripped off the wrong customer.

The owner of a Redwood City auto repair shop pleaded no contest Monday to misdemeanor charges of performing unnecessary repairs, San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe said.

Sohail Irshad, the owner of Hudson Auto Repair, was busted in two separate undercover stings carried out by the state Bureau of Automotive Repair in November 2010 and February 2011, Wagstaffe said.

In the 2010 incident, a vehicle with a new alternator and belt was brought in for repairs with the alternator unplugged. Instead of plugging the alternator in, Irshad told the undercover agent it was broken and the belt was old, Wagstaffe said, and charged $442 for the unnecessary work.

In the other incident, an undercover agent was reportedly sold unnecessary brake pads and rotors.

Irshad was sentenced to two years’ probation and 30 days in jail, and ordered to pay $1,116.22 in restitution to the auto bureau for the unnecessary repairs, Wagstaffe said.

Consumers who feel they have been ripped off or are unsure about their auto repair shop are encouraged to check the bureau’s website at autorepair.ca.gov or call (800) 952-5210.

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