Pennsylvania charges 12 in alleged license plate fraud

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – The state attorney general’s office has filed charges against a dozen people accused of taking part in an organized crime ring that rented out thousands of fraudulent license plates.

Attorney General Josh Shapiro said the ring obtained the plates in Pennsylvania and charged $400 a month or more to people who then avoided paying more than $1 million in parking fines and highway tolls in New York, Pennsylvania, and neighboring states.

Charges were also filed against 14 Pennsylvania businesses.

Shapiro said the ring also provided fake insurance cards, rolled back odometer readings on 35 cars it bought and sold, and issued phony letters to PennDOT to get clean vehicle titles.

The alleged ringleader, 50-year-old Rafael Levi of Brooklyn, New York, faces nearly 500 counts.

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