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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…

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…

Nissan pickup replaces the Tsuru as Mexico’s most-stolen vehicle

After a 10-year run of having the distinction of being Mexico’s most-stolen vehicle, the Nissan Tsuru has had to take a back seat to the brand’s NP300 pickup, according to the Association of Mexican Insurance Companies (AMIS). Thieves stole 5,554 NP300s and 5,260 Tsurus in the 12-month period ending June 30.   Nissan NP300                            …

Auto theft in the age of cybersecurity

In the days of “American Graffiti,” thieves could steal a car by using a Slim Jim to open the door, then touching the ignition wires together. With the move to electronic key fobs and computers, theft dropped dramatically. But the thieves have caught up – and with keyless ignitions it’s a simple matter for a tech-savvy thief to block the door lock signal or hack a vehicle's key fob. This new technology is dangerous…

5 charged in ‘highly-orchestrated’ vehicle theft ring: Peel police

Peel regional police say the discovery of more than half-a-million dollars worth of high-end stolen vehicles at an industrial storage unit in Mississauga in April led to the dismantling of a “highly orchestrated” organized crime ring. Peel police chief, Chris McCord, said officers discovered $620,000 worth of stolen vehicles in a unit near Highway 401 and Highway 10 on April 10. Two men, Chinese nationals in Canada on student…

Thieves are targeting tires-How to thwart them during National Vehicle Theft Prevention Month

WASHINGTON, D. C. (Thursday, July 18, 2019) –– Thieves are targeting tires, wheels, and rims sometimes in the still of the night and, in other cases, in broad daylight. Across the region, hapless victims are reporting they awoke from their slumber to find their vehicles left sitting on cinder blocks. Their tires and rims were stolen. It is a wake-up call for automobile owners every day, and especially during July,…