- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 11, 2014

GULFPORT, Miss. (AP) - An Ocean Springs man has pleaded not guilty to charges of illegally imported a car made in Japan.

Prosecutors said in court documents that Kenneth Noble knew he was importing a 2001 Nissan Silvia, which does not meet federal safety and pollution standards.

The Sun Herald reports (https://bit.ly/1nwSVm0 ) Noble, 31, is schedule for trial during the U.S. District Court term that starts July 7.

Noble also pleaded not guilty to four counts of wire fraud.

Court records show the car is a right-hand drive and it does not comply with standards of the Department of Transportation and the Environmental Protection Agency.

Noble also is accused of arranging for a third party to fraudulently register the car in Mississippi.

Homeland Security investigators allege Noble made fraudulent representations when he had someone register the car in Mississippi and he sold it to a South Carolina resident in August 2011.

The indictment said federal agents had told Noble he could not sell the car but he did it anyway.

The wire fraud charges involve a total of $5,135 in payments reportedly wired to Noble’s checking account over an eight-month period.

Noble is free on a $25,000 unsecured bond.

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Information from: The Sun Herald, https://www.sunherald.com

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