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Car thief Henry Ford arrested in Michigan, officials say

Henry Ford, a notorious car thief wanted for violating his parole, was captured Wednesday morning in southeast Michigan, authorities said. Ford was arrested in Inkster – about 20 miles west of Detroit – around 8:15 a.m., investigators said. He led marshals on a brief car chase before he was stopped, the Detroit Free Press reported Ford had eluded the law since he cut off his ankle tether and mailed it to the state corrections…

Car thieves can steal cars in under a minute with tech sold on Amazon

Today’s cars are equipped with the latest security tech—things like remote locks and even engine immobilizers—but, as a new report shows, it’s actually getting easier to steal vehicles. The weak link in modern car security, according to a new report from the UK’s What Car, are the keyless entry systems and push button ignitions that are so commonplace today. Although those technologies make car ownership more…

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…