When many people in New York think about forgery, they might automatically think about one person illegally signing another person’s name. That is one type of forgery indeed but it is not the only thing that can lead a person to be charged with forgery as a crime.
An example of a different type of forgery allegation can be seen in the case of a group of men who have been arrested for their respective roles in what is being called a vehicle forgery scheme. According to a report by QNS News, the group is said to have been operating essentially a forgery business for at least three-and-a-half years, going back to July of 2015. The allegations against them indicate they made forged temporary vehicle documentation including registrations and temporary license plates.
The forged documents were then sold to drivers on the black market to prevent stolen vehicles from being identified. The charges made against the defendants include money laundering, forgery, conspiracy, enterprise corruption and criminal possession of forged instruments. Of the seven defendants, two are from Suffolk County, three are from Staten Island, one is from Brooklyn and one is from Queens.
If convicted, the men may be sentenced to prison for anywhere between four-and-a-half years and 25 years. Law enforcement are said to have responded to online ads for temporary registrations and license plates. It is not known exactly what evidence has been gathered or entered in the case nor is it known how each of the seven defendants will plead.