For immediate release: Jan 04, 2010
Posted by: [BMV]
Contact: Dennis Rosebrough
Phone: 317-233-5323

BMV Staff Play Key Role in Breaking Auto Theft Ring

INDIANAPOLIS - Andy Miller, Commissioner of the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV), today commended the staff at the Shelbyville License Branch and the investigators in the BMV Fraud and Security Enforcement Division for their excellent work that led to breaking a sophisticated auto theft ring. He noted that BMV staff was the first to suspect and then identify a fraudulent title. The information was passed on to local, State and federal law enforcement agencies that conducted the full investigation leading to the arrests announced by the U.S. Attorney last week.

Miller added, "Each year we process over 1.8 million vehicle titles. It is a credit to our Customer Service Representative and her colleagues that they noticed something suspicious about a title from North Carolina, especially since it was on official North Carolina title stationery. When we discovered this one title, we researched and learned that 55 of these fraudulent titles had been processed over the past three years. We were able to locate them from our files to serve as more evidence against the theft ring.

"This case also shows that our new Fraud and Security Enforcement Division with trained staff can conduct a thorough investigation and work closely with law enforcement agencies to combat fraud, identity and similar crimes involving BMV operations. We see how sophisticated criminals have become, and we must stay focused on uncovering the schemes like this one and many others."

The Fraud and Security Enforcement Division was established in 2009 to consolidate investigation and internal audit functions under a Deputy Commissioner reporting directly to the BMV Commissioner. The division includes both field and office investigators. Most recently the division has been tasked with the investigation of all unresolved identity issues uncovered by the BMV facial recognition technology. Since November 2008, they have investigated over 2,100 cases.

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