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Sugar Land man indicted in nationwide fraudulent car buyer paper tag scheme

HOUSTON – More prices have been filed in the fraudulent paper license plate scheme involving pretend car dealerships who issued greater than 700,000 illegitimate paper tags, U.S. Attorney Jennifer Lowery introduced.

Daniel Rocky Christine-Tani, 33, Sugar Land, was arrested Thursday. He is predicted to make his preliminary look at 10 a.m. Friday earlier than U.S. Magistrate Judge Sam Sheldon.

A federal grand jury in Houston returned the 22-count superseding indictment May 11, charging Christine-Tani aka Daniel Rocky Christine-Tahi, Ruben Gonzalez, Rocky Keys and Daniel Christine with conspiracy and numerous counts of wire fraud. The indictment additionally provides extra prices towards identified fugitive Emmanuel Padilla Reyes aka Christian Hernandez Bonilla or Noel Rivera, 32, final identified of Houston.

Anyone with details about his whereabouts is requested to contact the FBI at 713-693-5000.

Co-conspirators Leidy Areli Hernandez Lopez, 40, Houston, and Octavian Ocasio, 50, New York, have been beforehand charged and arrested in the identical scheme.

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The indictment alleges all 4 participated in a scheme involving the usage of fictitious car dealerships to challenge and promote tons of of 1000’s of Texas momentary buyer tags with out promoting automobiles. They additionally allegedly used electronic mail accounts and textual content messaging to speak and ship the fraudulent tags to purchasers all through the United States. The 4 obtained and shared proceeds from the fraudulent sale of Texas buyer tags, in line with the costs.

In Texas, used car dealerships should have an impartial GDN license to purchase, promote or change used autos. To receive a license candidates should apply. Once an applicant obtains a GDN license, they will purchase, promote or change used automobiles and create momentary buyer tags for the transaction by the Texas Department of Motor Vehicle’s on-line eTag portal. The portal is web-based and password protected, and solely licensed GDN holders can entry it. However, the GDN holder can create different customers on their account to permit entry to the portal to create and challenge buyer tags.

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The co-conspirators allegedly supplied false data comparable to pretend identities, drivers licenses, lease agreements and business indicators in the net application portal to acquire GDN licenses for fictitious car dealerships. The indictment additional alleges they marketed the sale of Texas buyer tags through Facebook and Instagram.

According to the costs, the unlawful tags pose a hazard to the general public and regulation enforcement as a result of purchasers use them to keep away from acquiring registration, security inspections and legal responsibility insurance coverage. They also can allegedly be used to cover identities from regulation enforcement.

If convicted, every faces as much as 20 years in jail and a potential $250,000 most advantageous.

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