From KGRV, “The Hidalgo County Tax Office is now taking a stronger stance against vehicle registration fraud.
Villarreal’s office arrested Ramiro Maldonado on Thursday. On Friday, he was charged with forgery, falsifying names and information on a vehicle registration.
He said what Maldonado did can hurt the county. He explained Maldonado changed the vehicle’s purchase amount.
Villarreal said that can lead to the county missing out on funds needed to repair roads, bridges and schools.
He told CHANNEL 5 NEWS falsified information can hurt the buyer as well.
“There has been cases where somebody falsified a title and it looks like nothing is wrong with it but at the same time we had found that the vehicle was stolen,” Villarreal said.
Villarreal explained in those cases, his offices are forced to confiscate the vehicle. The buyer is then left with no car and no money.”
From The Salem News, “Two men were indicted earlier this month by an Essex County grand jury on multiple counts of conspiracy stemming from their alleged roles in the scheme.
Elvis Francois, 41, of Miami, Florida, is facing three counts of conspiracy, while Robert Pagliarulo, 48, of Kingston, New Hampshire, is charged with a total of nine counts, including conspiracy, money laundering, selling vehicles with defaced serial numbers, receiving stolen vehicles, passing forged instruments, and selling secondhand vehicles without a used car dealer’s license.
State police and the National Insurance Crime Bureau began looking into the situation last spring after Registry of Motor Vehicles computers flagged a number of transactions involving what were suspected as forged titles from Florida and other states, court papers show.
The cars and SUVs all turned out to be stolen, many of them from auto rental agencies, investigators said. Because the vehicles were stolen, police seized them from customers, leaving them without their pricey rides.”