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Albert Golant Sentenced for Wire Fraud and Tax Fraud Conspiracy

United States Attorney Matthew D. Krueger of the Eastern District of Wisconsin announced that on August 5, 2019, the Honorable Pamela Pepper sentenced Albert Golant, aka Alex Golant, (age: 38) of Wales, Wisconsin to 126 months’ imprisonment followed by three years of supervised release for wire fraud and conspiracy to commit tax fraud.  The Court deferred the imposition of a restitution order at this time. Over the course of several…

What Makes Tesla Vehicles So Hard To Steal?

There are obvious answers to the above questions, as well as those that aren't so obvious. Thieves are having a hard time stealing vehicles made by Tesla. According to the Highway Loss Data Institute (HLDI), Tesla's 2016-2018 Model S and Model X was among the least stolen vehicles, only beaten by the BMW 3 series. The institute claims this is due to electric cars typically being stored in garages where they're…

Two Men Charged in High-End Auto Sublease Scam

DMV Investigator conducted year-long investigation Los Angeles, CA – March 18, 2019 – The names change, but the games stays the same. Coming from LA County, the nation’s hotbed of auto loan fraud, is yet another massive auto subleasing scam. This one was brought down by The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office, who announced that two men have been charged with defrauding a dozen victims out of nearly $4 million…

Synthetic Identity Fraud Rockets Up in Auto Lending

Auto Lenders beware. Borrowers using false Social Security Numbers and so-called Credit Privacy Numbers (CPN’s) to apply for auto loans is on the rise and wreaking more havoc than ever. Borrowers use false social security numbers to establish new credit profiles to disguise their true identities so that they can qualify for loans that they otherwise would not be able to. Fraudsters are using these Frankenstein identities to purchase…

New UK Plant Theft Police Taskforce

The Construction Equipment Association (CEA) has said that it is looking forward to the creation of a new national police resource, to combat construction equipment theft in the UK. The CEA said the formation of a new police resource would complement the work of the Combined Industries Theft Solutions group (CITS) and the CESAR Network – the official industry plant marking and registration scheme designed to combat equipment…

Quads and horse boxes top thieves’ list as rural crime hits £2.8m in Northern Ireland

RURAL crime cost Northern Ireland £2.8 million last year, a rise of 3.9 per cent on 2017, according to insurer NFU Mutual. It says quads, livestock, trailers and horse boxes have topped thieves' wish list across the north. And in the UK as a whole, rural crime cost £50 million, an increase of 12 per cent on the previous year and the highest overall cost in seven years. Martin Malone, a NFU Mutual regional manager in Northern…

These 20 vehicles are the most stolen new cars in the U.S.

America's love affair with horsepower and trucks apparently includes illicit activity.  Powerful cars like the Dodge Charger and pickups like the Chevrolet Silverado are among the most-stolen new vehicles in the U.S., according to a new study by the Highway Loss Data Institute. (HLDI). See the HLDI's media…

July and August are Peak Months for ATV Thefts

DES PLAINES, Ill., July 30, 2019 — A recent report produced by the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) reveals that the end of the summer is when we see more all-terrain vehicle thefts. In fact, 19 percent of the total thefts happen in July and August based on theft data contained in the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) database for all 50 states and the District of Columbia.    However, overall the report—which…