Romanian man faces fraud charges over registration of almost 12,000 vehicles, fake driving licenses

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A Romanian man is facing charges for trying to register almost 12,000 vehicles and hand out fake driving licenses under false pretenses.

The 47-year-old unnamed man is part of a police investigation involving eight other suspects who are  facing charges, authorities said according to Agerpres.

According to a statement from the Ilfov county police, the man “facilitated the temporary or permanent registration of vehicles” based on false documents. In exchange, he received various sums of money, the statement said.

Registering ownership of a vehicle is a complicated procedure in Romania. Apart from the regular car papers, owners need certificates to demonstrate they have legally bought the car and that it has been registered with tax authorities.

If the papers don’t have the right stamps, local authorities won’t register the vehicle even if it has been recorded by tax authorities.

In this case of alleged fraud, the suspect and eight suspects are being investigated for driving without a driving license, driving unregistered vehicles and making false statements.

“We would like to remind people that from June 2018 to March 2021, two men, a father and son, were repeatedly stopped police, and showed false driving licenses from Spain, Ireland and Italy.”

Three men provided the fake licenses for a sum of money.

The 47-year-old found people who would be interested in his scheme,  took money from them and gave them false documents. Police are investigating 11,481 cases. He was detained on Jan. 9 by Ilfov county police.

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