Charges filed in Pennsylvania license plate scheme

By Land Line staff | Thursday, April 20, 2017

A scheme to fraudulently obtain thousands of Pennsylvania license plates allowed vehicles to avoid paying more than $1 million in parking fines and EZ Pass tolls across several states, Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro said.

On Wednesday, April 19, Shapiro announced criminal charges against a dozen people accused of taking part in “a major organized crime ring.”

In a news release, Shapiro said the crime ring was headed by Rafael Levi, 50, of Brooklyn, N.Y. Charges were also filed against 14 Pennsylvania businesses that were involved.

“The organized criminal ring used legitimate business tactics – applying for licenses and insurance, car loans and purchases – for completely illegitimate purposes,” Shapiro said. “From fraudulently obtained license plates to washed car titles to multiple other frauds, they gamed the system to rack up millions of dollars in illegal profits. It’s widespread criminal conduct and today we brought a halt to it.”

A list of all the businesses and defendants charged in the case can be found here.

Anyone with information about the case is encouraged to call 717-787-0272.

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