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February 3, 2013

New England in Brief

Mihos’s company files for bankruptcy

BOSTON — A company owned by former Massachusetts candidate for governor and convenience store magnate Christy Mihos (MYE’-hos) has filed for bankruptcy after racking up as much as $10 million in debt.

Mihos has filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy on behalf of Christy’s of Cape Cod LLC, which means a court-appointed trustee would liquidate its assets to pay off creditors before the company is discharged from most of its debts.

He says in a court filing that the company has debts and assets of between $1 million and $10 million.

Mihos is embroiled in a bitter divorce and charges that he assaulted his wife.

He coulnd’t be reached Saturday and his attorney didn’t immediately return a call for comment.

Mihos ran unsuccessfully for governor as an independent in 2006 and again as a Republican in 2010.

NH bill would suspend vehicle registrations

CONCORD — New Hampshire’s House is considering tightening the laws on registering vehicles for people who write a bad check for the registration of one vehicle and then want to register a different vehicle.

The proposal would let the state suspend someone’s ability to register vehicles until they clear the bad check.

Current law allows the state to suspend the specific registration paid for with the bad check, but it does not stop the person from registering a different vehicle. The House Transportation Committee is recommending passing the bill as a way to close the loophole.

The House votes on the bill Wednesday.

Chemist in lab scandal headed to court

SALEM — A former Massachusetts chemist accused of faking test results at a state drug lab faces her sixth arraignment.

Annie Dookhan is scheduled to be arraigned Monday on an obstruction of justice charge in Salem Superior Court. She is accused of falsely claiming she holds a master’s degree in chemistry while testifying as an expert witness. Dookhan has already pleaded not guilty to a string of charges in five other counties.

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