Texas man accused of selling fraudulent vehicle tags

On Behalf of | Dec 30, 2022 | Criminal Defense

Texas police say they deployed undercover investigators in a sting operation that led to an arrest. A 41-year-old man was taken into custody after he allegedly tried to sell a fraudulent vehicle tag to an undercover officer. The man is said to have told the law enforcement officer that the tag was available for sale for $100.

The investigation began in November after police say they discovered that the temporary tags on a vehicle they had pulled over were fraudulent. The driver allegedly told a police officer that the tags had been purchased from a woman in Austin. Investigators say the driver offered the woman’s phone number to the police.

Undercover officer claims the woman agreed to sell a fake tag

An investigator was reportedly tasked with calling the woman to inquire about purchasing a temporary tag. She allegedly told the officer that a man would deliver the tag to a certain location. The officer then provided false information to create a tag, then arrived at the agreed-upon location to collect it.

The man who arrived at the location was taken into police custody. Investigators say they discovered an additional fraudulent vehicle tag and fake receipt that they believe the man was going to deliver to another person. A $5,000 bail was set and was apparently paid because the man’s name is no longer included in the list of inmates at the county jail. As in all criminal cases, a defendant is free to seek guidance before his or her case comes up in court.